Geomantic riposte: 'Grid'
Brenda Schmidt is a writer, visual artist, naturalist and active blogger based in Creighton, a mining town on the Canadian Shield in northern Saskatchewan, and she has lived in northern Saskatchewan for twenty-six years. Schmidt was a finalist for the Saskatchewan Book Award for Poetry in 2001, is the winner of the Alfred G. Bailey Prize for Poetry in 2003 and a finalist for the CBC Literary Award for poetry on four occasions. In her fourth collection Grid, Schmidt’s wry humour transcends what we have watched heap up in Canada for more than a century—nature poems—balancing in canola fields between the beautiful lure of nature and our curious urge to separate ourselves from disappearing allotments of our own solace. We have wandered “off the grid” but fortunately Schmidt is an entertaining and insightful guide who can still find Li Po in a Dark-eyed Junco, if she has to.
Grid by Brenda Schmidt (Hagios Press, 2012, Page 65)
A hundred dollars will buy you
a hot stone massage
at a spa in Regina. Fine.
Out here, with farming
the way it is,
if you want to align and balance
your energy centres,
your best bet’s to lie
down in July on the gravel
at 3 in the afternoon,
let the flies and ants
walk all over you.
Geomantic Riposte: Fancypants
Where I’m from Regina is not quite as fancypants but the fish
are gone so like enduring friendship it’s been glacial to move
and establish new territory via ‘sensuous genius’ So potting
soil’s from Lowe’s and our new polymer fives that can’t stand
the heat are chancy at the self-checkout or at least the girl
didn’t know but our little trees should thrive as that window
gets a ton of prairie sun I’m used to the gloom that made
the Natives and Captain Vancouver’s crew feel they were in
a Joseph Conrad novel Yeah where I’m from we’re above
it all we just charge up our cars and drive to Goldcorp Centre
through mounds of sulphur to chat about mining Klaatu
barada nikto excuse me that’s just Gort reminding me that
where I’m from we’d like this planet to stop what it’s doing