When channel blues got you
No where is there deeper in your heart you go
Days before streaked by
Fail to stir this building rip
Thrill of dropping gear put aside
Soon enough a new moon at you
Time to place feet on land is near
Wishing that day could have been in tides gone by
Instead of two more high waters yet to be
No wonder Channel Blues eating at you.
Wilfred Wilson is a commercial fisherman and poet of Musqueam descent who has been fishing for over 55 years. Channel Blues is the first poem he wrote. It expresses the challenges of seasonal work he experienced while working in the industry.
On Saturday September 23rd, from 2 to 3:30pm, join Wilfred Wilson several other performers for an afternoon of poetry, stories, and song inspired by the allure and the trials of the commercial fishing industry at the second annual Rivers End Fisher Poets gathering.
This is the last of the Cannery’s 4-part Pull of the Net Speakers’ Series, held on Saturday afternoons throughout the summer, exploring topics such as Aboriginal fishing traditions, immigration, fisheries management, and the diversification of the industry over time.
Seating is limited. Light refreshments will be provided. Doors will open at 1:30pm.