Maria L. Souza Hogan
“Perhaps I have a need for much rougher prose or poetry than I had been anticipating. I’ve been wanting to write something jewel-like, but maybe what I want isn’t exactly the point.” Carole Stoa Senn
“Carole’s story,” says Emilio DeGrazia in his introduction to this fascinating story, “is a necessarily fragmented account of how a talented and lovely young life was ravaged twice by violent attacks against which she had no way to defend herself.”
“I love to ride into Whitewater Park from Olmsted County Road 9. I love to feel the rush of oxygen into my lungs, and I love to sing a song like You are My Sunshine. In spring and summer, the green trees and brush climb up both sides of State Highway 74 to make canyon walls. As you descend the bluff, you catch glimpses of the bedrock, millions of years old. In the fall and winter, after the leaves disappear, the color changes to black. Only the bedrock is yellow.
“No matter the weather, I roll the car windows down and breathe deep before taking off. I give myself permission to speed a little. Fifty years ago I did it. Twenty years ago I did it. And I still do it. I hurry to return to Whitewater year after year because it’s my Backyard Canyon.
“As you level out on Route 74 into the Whitewater State Park, there’s a mile marker and an open field. Once this field was a golf course. Long ago it was a powwow site.
“Don, my ninety-five-year-old friend, recalled an Indian powwow.
“‘The Indians came dressed in war paint and feathers. Scared the hell out of me,’ he’d chuckled. ‘They came for days and danced, sang what I heard as war hoops, and howled while they pounded their drums. They were probably Sioux, Sioux the Snakes the French called them. There were plenty of snakes in Whitewater.’
“Today the Timber Snakes in the Whitewater Park are in trouble. Endangered.” —Peg Bauernfeind 2017
Publication of Return to Backyard Canyon was made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Featured In This Issue—
The War at Home. Three Poems by Jacob Patchen. The Old Dark House We Lived In. Nicholas Ozment. Daughters and Dogs. Short fiction by Jackie Goodwin. Three poems by Dan Butterfass. On Hands. Tom Driscoll.
Paradise Cemetery. David A. Forrester. The Finder. Perry Palin. Green Tea. Christopher G. Bremicker. The Backlands. Ken Fliés
Portraits by the Bartender. Michael Willson. Four Sonnets. Clay Marks. More than Books. Robert Kingett. Disconnect the Dots. Nate Logan. Three Poems. Sheryl Nelms. Fifteenth Child. Victor Pearn. Two Short Poems. Vivian Boland Schroder. Eight River Poems. Audre Ionia Kluzik
Everybody Has One—
How he Made a Fool of Me. Emilio DeGrazia. Livin’ the Good Life. Tom Driscoll
Contributors: Sheila Kiscaden. John Torgrimson. Gary Smith. Dean Harrington. Dan Munson. Roger C. Morris. Judi Bergen. Merle Hanson. Larry Johnson. John MacLean. Arnetta L. Lane. Andy Roberts. Sean Lause. Mark Metzler. Ron Hardy. Molly McDonald. Tom Farrell. Tom Driscoll.