When we invited poet Brian Brett to join the Yukon’s Three Rivers Journey, back in 2003, we were hoping the Wind River would inspire a few good verses. We were not disappointed. With his poems Wind River Blues, Arctic Hummingbird, How to Cook a Grayling and others, Brian captured the soul and mystery of the northern wild. Some of these poems appeared in Three Rivers: The Yukon’s Great Boreal Wilderness (Harbour Publishing, 2005).
During the ensuing seven years, Brian mentioned he was working on a book of Wind River poems, paired with images by Fritz Mueller, one of the Three Rivers Journey photographers. The long gestation was worth the wait—late in 2012, Oolichan Books of Fernie, BC, published an engaging collection of poetry by Brian Brett. The Wind River Variations, with its 40 poems and evocative black and white images of the wild, captures the “the intricate weave of relationships that exists between human beings and the natural landscape.”
According to Oolichan Books, “…in these sometimes bitter and angry, always insightful poems, Brett speaks to the many environmental concerns, both physical and spiritual, that overshadow the diverse ecosystems that are so vital to our humanity and our survival.”
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Wild Rivers of the Yukon’s Peel Watershed: A Traveller’s Guide
… is your complete source for planning a trip to the Yukon’s vast north-eastern wilderness – and learning more about the natural and cultural history of this inspiring landscape. Published in 2008 by Juri Peepre and Sarah Locke, the book is available from bookstores (Mac’s Fireweed in Whitehorse, Interior Books in Smithers), Mountain Equipment Co-op (Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto), and on-line from www.yukonbooks.com.
Wild Rivers is an essential companion to help you navigate the Three Rivers country (the Wind, Snake and Bonnet Plume), as well as the Peel, Hart, Ogilvie, Blackstone and Rat rivers. This well illustrated field reference will be a welcome gift for your friends or family who are thinking about a future northern canoeing or hiking trip. The book features detailed river descriptions, maps, landscape and historic photos, tips on river travel in the Peel region, and engaging descriptions of the flora, fauna, geology, human history and conservation story. For more information, see About Our Book posted in the right margin.
To order the book directly from the authors, send a cheque or money order payable to Juri Peepre, 1575 Windermere Loop Road, Windermere, BC, V0B 2L2. Price: $24.95 + $1.19 GST + Shipping = $32.00 CDN. For US orders, please add $3.00 for additional shipping costs, for a total of $35.00 US. For more information, contact jpeepreatyahoodotca, or post your comment or question in this blog.