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Wolsak & Wynn Fall 2018/Winter 2019

Daylighting Chedoke
Exploring Hamilton's Hidden Creek
By (author): John Terpstra
John Terpstra


James Street North Books



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Paperback , Trade
Oct 09, 2018
$18.00 CAD


8.4in x 5.4 x 0.4 in | 180 gr

Page Count:

134 pages
Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd.
James Street North Books
NATURE / Ecosystems & Habitats / Rivers

Chedoke is one of six creeks that weave their way through Hamilton, but it is the most hidden, lost to culverts and concrete. It sees daylight only in a couple of waterfalls where the creek flows over the edge of the Niagara Escarpment and in a short canal where it runs alongside Highway 403.

In elegant, seamless prose award-winning author John Terpstra attempts to trace Chedoke's afflicted waters back to their source, searching through historical archives and city documents, and even walking up the great storm drains that collect the water that spills from the escarpment. Daylighting Chedoke is a moving meditation on how urbanization and industrialization have literally buried our natural environment and what it would be like to free our creeks and reconsider our relationship with nature.

John Terpstra is the author of ten books of poetry and four books of non-fiction. He often plays in that zone where human beings interact with nature – nature in the city, not the country. The nature he gravitates towards is one that has some experience of us, has had to live with us and our demands, and is no longer pure or whole or perfect, but still somehow manages to be itself – maybe even more than when it was "wild." He is interested in how natural geography and built geography integrate and relate to each other and in how history is simultaneous with now. Daylighting Chedoke is a companion book to his two earlier books about Hamilton as a living, breathing geographical location, Falling into Place and The House with the Parapet Wall.

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