Just a few Manitoba authors on Spring………while we await its arrival this year………
“At the end of the street-car line, when we went out crocussing, we found the prairie grass still brown, withered. Yet after having walked on snow for so long we felt the grass like a cushion to the feet, springing back, rustling. It must be alive with small things like beetles and gophers. And the smell of it! Brown prairie grass unrolling under the caress of the wind, changing us children, after one whiff, into different creatures, into drunken young colts snuffing up the earth scent. I darted about, arms akimbo, whirling, whirling.” –
Dorothy Livesay on spring in Winnipeg. Livesay (1909 – 1996) was a Canadian poet who won the Governor General’s Award twice in the 1940s and was a prominent Canadian writer during the 1970s and 1980s. Born in Winnipeg, she lived with her family at 166 Lipton Street before moving to Toronto, Ontario in 1920.
“I felt the loneliness and the isolation of the land itself, and yet I always considered southern Manitoba to be very beautiful, and I still do. I doubt if I will ever live there again, but those poplar bluffs and the blackness of that soil and the way in which the sky is open from one side of the horizon to the other – these are things I carry inside my skull for as long as I live, with the vividness of recall that only our first home can really have for us.” –
Margaret Laurence (1926 – 1987) was a major Canadian novelist born in Neepawa, Manitoba. Three of her most well-known novels are The Stone Angel, A Jest of God and The Fire-Dwellers.