Friday, July 31, 2020

Cootes Paradise, a watershed




I made this video for the launch of Sweet Water: Poems for the Watersheds in Hamilton. My poems in the anthology explored the revitalization of Cootes Paradise. Because we'd subsequently learned that 24 billion gallons of sewage was accidently released into Cootes and that the city council knew about it and did nothing for many months—and kept it secret even from the Royal Botanical Gardens who oversee the marsh—John Terpstra invited me to write a new poem for the launch addressing that. So I made this video featuring a drone's eye view of Cootes Paradise and adjacent highway.

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