Stampede and the Westness of West
Calgary was the Cultural Capital of Canada in 2012 when the Stampede hosted AvH as Artist in Residence, providing her with a privileged insider’s view of the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.
Stampede and the Westness of West is the result of her unique insights, a prose/poetry book that is meditative, imagistic, historical and speculative while eliciting all the humour and joy and occasional critique that the Stampede demands. Stampede juxtaposes references to Siena and Shakespeare and the Vogelherd Cave, the history of pancakes, and the history of the word stampede alongside speculations on lust, love, fences and Guy Weadick.
One line sums it up: “Stampede. There is only one, and that is Calgary’s.”
“Invisible, those ghost hooves raise the dust of summer, the sweetness of heat, while thunderclouds stockpile the fervor of broil.”
From “The dreaming”