under the dragon

Just back from dinner at a Moravian wine cellar under the arch where the Brno dragon hangs from the stone ceiling, his rather dear five-fingered feet splayed as though testing his flexibility. Our lovely young waitress helped us with Czech phrases — Thank you, and That was delicious! –and brought us little glasses of Auer’s Cross 2010 Port to have with our warm raspberries and cream. This is such a generous and beautiful city. The churches and civic buildings stand quietly among the snowflakes and tug at my heart as I pass them on my way back to the hotel.

We taught our first day of seminars in West Coast Writing today. I began the morning session with a brief overview of B.C. coastal history, followed by two pieces: Sue Wheeler’s wonderful essay, “Geography”, and a chapter from Beth Hill’s Seven-Knot Summers. The students were very perceptive and it was great to discuss the writing itself and the broader notions of the curve of time and history. In the afternoon, John introduced them to poetry — a sampling of poems springing from landscape of this province and its watersheds.

Tomorrow I teach a chapter from Fishing with John (Edith Iglauer’s John Daly, not my John Pass!) and a section from Hilary Stewart’s Indian Fishing. Think of us as we discuss the Pacific salmon, trolling equipment, ancient fish weirs, and the weather of the Salish sea.



~ by theresakishkan on February 13, 2012.

3 Responses to “under the dragon”

  1. ″A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” – Moslih Eddin SaadiIt’s. Thank you for taking us along on your journey and sharing your observations. So wonderful that you have carried your love of the west coast to land of your ancestors. Enjoy!

  2. Hello Theresa and John, what a delight to catch up on your travels…so evocatively described. Thank you. It’s ALMost as good as being along!

  3. Thank you both. In some ways you are here, we all are, in this current of human activity…

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