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THE BEACHCOMBER

Forrie, Allan Thistledown Press ePub
In his two part essay “The Beachcomber” Stephen Reid draws the reader into life in William Head Institution, a prison on the Southern tip of Vancouver Island where prisoners scavenge the beachfront for items to barter and treasure. As Reid wanders along the beach that serves as one of the prison’s four walls, watching the “hammered pewter surface of the sea”, he remembers the escape attempts of some of his fellow prisoners.
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AN UNEXPECTED FOX

Forrie, Allan Thistledown Press ePub
Playful encounters with foxes link Lloyd Ratzlaff to the British essayist Loren Eiseley in “An Unexpected Fox”, as the joy and wonder at such innocent interactions reminds Ratzlaff that “Wonderland is everywhere”: we simply need to take the time to see it.



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CAN ID

Forrie, Allan Thistledown Press ePub
“Can ID” by Pauline Holdstock begins as a humourous reflection on what it means to be Canadian and ends with an allegory about the often futile process we put ourselves through in order to define our country.
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TANGO MEDIO

Forrie, Allan Thistledown Press ePub
In “Tango Medio” by Sandy Bonny a woman and her beekeeper fiancé have reached a point of stagnation in their relationship. After an evening watching the sunset on the bridge, Darryl’s repetition of the question “D’ya love me?” prompts the narrator to reconsider her commitment.



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THE WATER WITCHER

Forrie, Allan Thistledown Press ePub
The digging of a new well leads to a visit from “The Water Witcher” in Audrey J. Whitson’s short story about a young girl learning to divine the location of wells from her father’s old classmate: a woman with a fleet of cats and a difficult past.



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