Chasing the Memory of a Naturalist Jun10

Chasing the Memory of a Naturalist

Chasing the Memory of a Naturalist in Baja California Sur Aven Satre-Meloy Published in Written River #10   Ellen Meloy was a gifted naturalist and talented writer. She has been called an “empathetic soul.” I called her my aunt. Ellen passed away suddenly in 2004 at her home in Bluff, Utah. I...

Naming the Tree May31

Naming the Tree

Naming the Tree James Dott Published in Written River #10   Each name leaves things unseen, the root name still waiting just beneath knowing. 635 First fire, seedlings wither in their elders’ shade need flame to open the canopy. Next mist, rain, thin soil, and sun. Those not eaten, that...

The Worsening Light of the Mind May31

The Worsening Light of the Mind

The Worsening Light of the Mind: Humanities and the Anthropocene Maximilian Werner Published in Written River #10   “Those of us working in the humanities are under no obligation to demonstrate that our ideas are anything except that.” 1. Pioneer Myth When I recall my encounters with...

Sage Creek May31

Sage Creek

Sage Creek David O’Hara Published in Written River #10   Halfway through the fall we drive west, far from urban glow, To see the stars that we have never seen at home. We go to the Badlands, at night, to the primitive campground And listen to the coyotes singing from rim to rim Of the valley...

Morning: Blank Canvas May31

Morning: Blank Canvas

Morning: Blank Canvas Kathryn P. Haydon Published in Written River #10   The songbird always sings before dawn. Eerie darkness, mind awash in shadows; night demons howling emptiness. The songbird will sing. Dark, dank thoughts rumbling through fitful sleep; ghosts swirling a cold sweat. The...

Return to the South Fork of the Eagle River May31

Return to the South Fork of the Eagle River

Return to the South Fork of the Eagle River Matthew Dickerson Published in Written River #10   Wild blueberries are strewn across the alpine meadows stretching for thousands of yards in every direction. The ubiquitous fireweed leaves brushstrokes of magenta on the rise in front of me. Further...

Language without Words May31

Language without Words

Language without Words Miki Fukuda Published in Written River #10   Hold your tongue, friend, and listen to yourself              for a moment. What you are saying is immense.              I have no word for it— And to whom are you saying all this?              Suddenly all ears, you see...

Owl Song May31

Owl Song

Owl Song Sarah Rehfeldt Published in Written River #10   low— out from the gray-green backs of trees, spreading out as darkness into hillsides— in silence, the fog— its longing somewhere to be anchored— what has traveled nearly an entire lifetime to reach us     Sarah Rehfeldt is a recent...

Bear May31


Bear Nick Norwood Published in Written River #10   Big. Sleek. All black but for a homely splotch of cinnamon across his butt. He stood half in sun strained through ponderosa boughs turned crossways and obliquely to the trail. Not twenty feet apart, the two of us, by my mistake. Fifty miles...

Darwin’s Piano Forte May31

Darwin’s Piano Forte

Darwin’s Piano Forte Tricia Knoll Published in Written River #10   I love fools’ experiments. I am always making them. —Charles Darwin Emma, Darwin’s wife, played for Charles daily, also to his pots of worms, rototillers he proved undermined Druid stones. He detected that his worms, though...

Grey Heron May31

Grey Heron

Grey Heron Diana Woodcock Published in Written River #10   Trailing the grey heron awhile along the shoreline, noticing its two failed attempts, then— with lightening-strike precision, its catch of the silver streak—how I applaud her skill, not for one instant pitying the fish. Later,...

Yellow Warbler May31

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler Kyce Bello Published in Written River #10   She hears the first warbler sing from the lanceleafeolata in full green. Needle beaked, bright bodied. Sprightly the song. Sunny colored mites. Flitting and falling through the leaves like notes in a vigorous composition. And that...

Little Beaver Creek May31

Little Beaver Creek

Little Beaver Creek Paul Willis Published in Written River #10   1. A breeze is all: little more than silence, little less than hemlock needles in air. 2. Pale-green witch’s hair wisping down from every limb of Douglas fir. But where are all the bald witches? 3. Mosquito, did you forget to...

Rabbit Mt. Pome #2 May31

Rabbit Mt. Pome #2

Rabbit Mt. Pome #2 Dustin Pickett Published in Written River #10   The idea of an altar to the gods emerged from the deep fissured earth Heaved up through intense heat & pressure a rippling igneous child sucked back into the depths meta   morph   ized A dense, pocked slab laid up on the...

Omnivorous May31


Omnivorous Gwendolyn Morgan Published in Written River #10   (Tamias townsendii Rodentia Sciuridae) Here’s a hint: look at her face basic brown with a clearly defined dark stripe stretching from nose to eye five dark, four cinnamon-brown stripes. She is a storer of wisdom, insect wings...

Tsuga canadensis May31

Tsuga canadensis

Tsuga canadensis Zachary Bos Published in Written River #10   Fresh griefs beat tranquilly, and loves and vows Grow green in your gray shadows. . . . —F.G. Tuckerman, Sonnet vii From the axis of         its shaggy body a cloud of dark birds         emerged, expanding to a rough sphere of...

How I Defied the White Man and Out-Foxed Fox May31

How I Defied the White Man and Out-Foxed Fox

How I Defied the White Man and Out-Foxed Fox Michael Engelhard Published in Written River #10   Here I sit, tied to the side of their barn, collar and chain rattling and rubbing me raw, while the Pale Faces are boiling up water to scald me with. How did I get myself into this bloody mess?...

The Salmon Forest May31

The Salmon Forest

The Salmon Forest Susan Double Published in Written River #10   Every thread of creation is held in position by still other strands of things living. —Don McClean, ‘Tapestry,’ 1969 She waits with a million others for the taste and smell of the coming rain. For years she has roamed the ocean,...

Tracking as a Way of Knowing May31

Tracking as a Way of Knowing

Tracking as a Way of Knowing   Sophia Sinopoulos-Lloyd   Published in Written River #10     I was introduced to wildlife tracking several years ago during an immersion course in wilderness survival in my home state of Vermont. My intention then was to push my pursuit of “ancestral skills”...

Rewilding Written River Feb23

Rewilding Written River

We are pleased to announce the release of this winter’s issue of Written River. The print edition will be made available soon. From our office in Massachusetts, we are buried under about eight feet of total snow accumulation this winter. I have, despite the cold, been warmed by the writing we...

Mysterious Monarchs Feb22

Mysterious Monarchs

By Marianne Werner | Vol. 5 Issue 2 of Written River


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