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April 22, 2008

Wigeon Wal-Mart
Posted by Heather Burt

Nelson is a great town. Having feasted on organic goodies from one of the many fine Baker Street eateries, and window shopped for a while, I set off on my run (which morphed into a run/walk ... should have window shopped and digested a while longer!). I followed a beautiful waterfront trail, with Kootenay Lake and snowcapped mountains to one side, parkland and more mountains to the other.

A few highlights ...

1) Spotting a group of young people sitting in a circle on the grass, playing guitars together (one guy stood with an upright bass).

2) Possibly spotting the charming young novelist with whom I chatted at L.V. Rogers Secondary this morning. I’m not sure if it was him, but I think sitting on a bench with a friend, watching the water, is a fine thing for an aspiring writer to be doing. (Rita and I had an excellent time at the school, by the way, and very much appreciated the hospitality and interest of staff and students!)

3) Experiencing first-hand Rita’s poem “Recognition/Identification Test.” This needs some explanation. The poem pairs up names of plants and names of corporations and implicitly asks the reader/audience to think about which are more familiar and why. Rita and I read it together this morning: she read the plants; I read the corporations; we said “blackberry” together at the end (“Blackberry” in my case). Anyway, at one point during my walk/run, I paused to read an information board titled “Know Your Ducks,” from which I learned that the bird swimming down below me was a wigeon — a local duck with reddish-brown and grey plumage. Never heard of it, I said to myself ... then I glanced across the park at the all-too-familiar Wal-Mart and thought Hmmm

A lively and fun reading at the Nelson Library this evening. Thanks to all those who came out! Away to Creston tomorrow ....


Filed under: Kootenays Leg 2008 | 4 Comments | Permalink


Paul Headrick
Apr 23, 2008 at 08:48 AM

It’s difficult for me to say without having been there, but I believe that may actually have been the lesser western mock Wal-Mart.

Heather Burt
Apr 23, 2008 at 12:11 PM

It did look a little smaller than the great central Wal-Mart.

Linda Crosfield
Apr 23, 2008 at 04:13 PM

No, no, you’re both wrong. It’s the Southern Interior Damn-We-Thought-For-Sure-We-Could-Annex-That-Adjacent-Chunk-Of-Land-And-Expand-So-Screw-You-We’ve-Built-A-Bigger-Store-Near-Trail Wal-Mart.

You were all wonderful last night. And to think I nearly didn’t go!

Heather Burt
Apr 24, 2008 at 09:53 AM

Thanks for clearing that up, Linda smile

And thanks so much for coming out to the reading ... it was great to meet you!

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