Articles by Dana Wilde

 
This spring peeper came out from under some cold stone in Troy and got lost this August. Note the toes, suitable for use in witches hell-broth.

Taking stock of summer

By dwildeathibodeau:Photo cut: This spring peeper came out from under some cold stone in Troy and got lostlast month. Note the toes, suitable for use in witches hell-broth.Photo credit: Photo by Dana Wilde on Oct. 09, 2011, at 9:01 p.m.
The usual summer frameworks were somewhat disjointed this year. Around our house snowbanks lingered into May, the timing of some wildflowers was way off — starflowers weeks late, lupines a month early — and in the end I did see small green rose hips at the end of July, which …
BOOK REVIEW

A setup for Leo Connellan’s poetry

By Dana Wilde on Oct. 02, 2011, at 9:16 p.m.
FAIR WARNING: LEO CONNELLAN AND HIS POETRY, edited by Sheila A. Murphy and Marilyn Nelson; Printed Matter Press, Tokyo, Japan, 2011; 140 pages, trade paperback, $18. If I had to name four writings that might help a flatlander understand what growing up in uncomfortable means in Maine felt like during …
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Panda soaking up the sun in Troy last month.

Cat karma

By Dana Wilde on Sept. 25, 2011, at 5:10 p.m.
A few Sunday mornings ago, we went outside to the deck for our coffee and found a familiar sight: The two cats, Brian and Panda, were sleeping under the chairs in the warm, bugless morning air. A little earlier they had eaten their complimentary canned-food breakfast. The bear-cublike orange one, …

A hop, skip and a jump in tiny verses from medieval Japan to Eastport

By Dana Wilde on Sept. 18, 2011, at 6:46 p.m.
“All That Remains” by Catherine J.S. Lee; Turtle Light Press, Highland Park, N.J., 2011; 30 pages, hand stitched, $17.95. Haiku, if you ask me, occupies kind of a peculiar spot in the American imagination. Schoolchildren learn that a haiku is a little poem of three lines with five, seven and …
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September sunset and goldenrod in Unity

Thoreau, Poe and September

By Dana Wilde on Sept. 11, 2011, at 9:23 p.m.
The first bite of fall in Troy this year came Sept. 7, a Wednesday. Just a slight tell-tale chill rolling through the kitchen window, like a nip on the ear. Birch leaves were already strewing the deck, and the sumac had been reddening since August – it always gives in …
BOOK REVIEW
“Playing With Fire: A Childhood Memoir"

Recollections of a kid’s life in small-town Maine

By Dana Wilde on Sept. 04, 2011, at 6:24 p.m.
“Playing With Fire: A Childhood Memoir,” by Tom Lyford; Green Bough Publishing, Dover-Foxcroft, 2011; 284 pages, trade paperback, $20. Tom Lyford’s “Playing With Fire” is in reality the second volume of his memoirs of life on the grid in Dover-Foxcroft. The first was “Work Aversion Trauma,” published last year, which …
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A trinity of purple martins at the Unity Field of Dreams in late July.

Blue angels

By Dana Wilde on Aug. 28, 2011, at 4:29 p.m.
On Aug. 9, the purple martins were swooping and darting over the Unity baseball fields and popping in and out of their pole-top condominium just as they had since May. On Aug. 11, all was eerily quiet. They had vanished into thin air. The southward migration of the martins, it …

A poet on the verge of science

By Dana Wilde on Aug. 21, 2011, at 10:27 p.m.
“Wildness within Walking Distance: Poland Spring Maine” by Robert M. Chute; with color photo illustrations; Just Write Books, Topsham, Maine, 2011; 74 pages, perfect bound, $19.95. In “Wildness within Walking Distance,” Robert Chute’s recent collection of poems and photos on Maine’s land and lifescapes, we are invited at almost every …

Well-made poetry from Alaska, via Eastport and China

By Dana Wilde on Aug. 14, 2011, at 2:40 p.m.
“I Think Again of Those Ancient Chinese Poets” by Tom Sexton; University of Alaska Press, Fairbanks, Alaska, 2011; 60 pages, trade paperback, $14.95. In Tom Sexton’s lyric world, simplicity is an essence. In most of his poetry, as shown in “I Think Again of Those Ancient Chinese Poets,” simple events …
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A snapshot of life inside the jeejah.

Papa’s got a brand new jeejah

By Dana Wilde on Aug. 14, 2011, at 2:32 p.m.
It’s not that I’m literally from another planet. Though I think from time to time this has been debated among my friends. But the distance from here to the 1970s — which I remember like yesterday — seems to be expanding at a cosmological rate. Take my new jeejah, for …

Hand-crafted poetry from Down East Maine

By Dana Wilde on Aug. 07, 2011, at 5:24 p.m.
“The Work At Hand and Other Poems” by Leonore Hildebrandt; Flat Bay Press and Stone Island Press, Machias, 2010; unpaginated, hand-stitched letterpress, $65. Leonore Hildebrandt is quietly one of the most productive and thoughtful poets in Down East Maine, and her new chapbook, “The Work At Hand and Other Poems,” …
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A photo illustration of a reproduction of an imitation of a sculpture by Alberto Giacometti in front of real, live Canada goldenrod.

A few more words about goldenrod

By Dana Wilde on July 31, 2011, at 7:48 p.m.
Every summer in these little essays goldenrod transpires as a dominant image, and if anyone has happened to notice the repetition and feels like it’s just turning into clutter, I ask them to forgive me. The goldenrods spellbind my eye, which leads inevitably to wanting to talk about them. To …
Kanokolus boat launch area on Unity Pond.

Favorite places in Maine: Kanokolus boat launch, Unity

By Dana Wilde on July 27, 2011, at 3:52 p.m.
The southeastern tip of Unity Pond, also known as Lake Winnecook, lies just about at the intersection of two lines drawn from Bangor to Augusta and from Belfast to Skowhegan. At the convergence of Routes 139 and 9-202 there in Unity village, a narrow paved road ambles off toward the …
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On a wild rose, an ancient rite of summer.

The ancient moment of midsummer

By Dana Wilde on July 17, 2011, at 4:37 p.m.
In mid-July there’s always a sort of pause in the dash from summer to fall. A slowdown, like rounding a bend in the pavement. It doesn’t last long, maybe five minutes when you’re looking out over a new-mown hayfield, or maybe a week or two if you can get hold …
BOOK REVIEWS
"The Iliad: A dramatization" adapted by H.R. Coursen; Just Write Books, Topsham, 2011; 90 pages, trade paperback, $14.95.

Book reviews: ‘The Iliad: A Dramatization,’ ‘Sons and Daughters of the Ocean’ and ‘Great Blue: Odyssey of a Heron’

By Dana Wilde on July 03, 2011, at 7:32 p.m.
THE ILIAD: A DRAMATIZATION, adapted by H.R. Coursen; Just Write Books, Topsham, 2011; 90 pages, trade paperback, $14.95. Herb Coursen of Brunswick has to be one of the most prolific competent writers now at work in the state of Maine. He churns out novels, stories and poems at least as relentlessly …
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A starflower, 10 or so days late to blossom this May in Troy.

2011: a spring oddity

By Dana Wilde on June 19, 2011, at 8:21 p.m.
On April 1, 16 inches of new snow covered the deck. This is not unheard of, but unusual. By the end of the month there were still piles of it around the driveway. Only one or two forsythia bushes showed signs of blossoming until May, weeks late. Perhaps I’m just …
PHOTOS
Wild rose

Welcome June

By Dana Wilde on June 06, 2011, at 10:36 p.m.
Bangor Daily News’s Amateur Naturalist Dana Wilde keeps his eyes peeled for changes heralding the changing seasons. If you’re out and about here are some of the flowers that signal that June has arrived.
Blackberry

Welcome June

By Dana Wilde on June 06, 2011, at 10:24 p.m.
Bangor Daily News’s Amateur Naturalist Dana Wilde keeps his eyes peeled for changes heralding the changing seasons. If you’re out and about here are some of the flowers that signal that June has arrived.  
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A cormorant dries its wings on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 in Calais, Vt.

The survival of the cormorants

By Dana Wilde on June 06, 2011, at 12:09 a.m.
Amateur naturalistIn a past life I seem to remember on Casco Bay, there was a bird the fishermen called shag, and they disliked it. For my part I remember thinking the shag were kind of cool when they were arrowing in straight lines a few feet above the water in …
BOOK REVIEW

A poet’s life in the movies

By Dana Wilde on May 21, 2011, at 7:32 p.m.
“My Cinema Paradiso: A Movie-Marathon Lifetime Memoir in 3-D Poetry,” by Tom Lyford; Green Bough Publishing, Dover-Foxcroft, 2010; 80 pages, trade paperback, $14.95. At some point in the making of five chapbooks of poetry over the past half-decade or so, Tom Lyford must have realized that practically every memory he has …
 
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