Tuesday, August 21, 2012

News at Eleven: Six or seven years ago, my father and I were fishing

the Miramichi River in New Brunswick. It's a great salmon river. We met a writer friend of his named Dave Richards, a novelist, and Dave hired a guide for us. This was a famous guide who'd taken people like Bill Clinton fishing on the Miramichi. Once we got out there into the river the guide gave us a quick lesson about how to fly-fish, how to cast. We practiced the motions, then we got our rods and started fishing. There was this almost mystical look to the river. It seemed reverent just to be quiet, going through the mist.

I've talked to my father about the trip many times. His memory's kind of bad these days.

from The Atlantic Monthly: How Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey Wrote Her Father's 'Elegy'


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