Ground-Truthing

By Derrick Stacey Denholm

Ground-Truthing
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Derrick Stacey Denholm has spent twenty-five years as a forestry field worker, planting trees, marking cutblock boundaries and timber-cruising. In Ground-Truthing, he combines this experience with his perspective as a poet and artist to guide us through the tangle of social, ... Read more


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Derrick Stacey Denholm has spent twenty-five years as a forestry field worker, planting trees, marking cutblock boundaries and timber-cruising. In Ground-Truthing, he combines this experience with his perspective as a poet and artist to guide us through the tangle of social, ecological and economic slash piles that dominate BC’s North Coast. Scientists, poets, loggers, activists, mushroom hunters–Ground-Truthing explores this diverse terrain of communities and cultures in its search for an answer to one of our most urgent questions: How can we work productively and participate ethically in a life that maintains respect for the wild, not only in the rain-soaked forests of BC’s North Coast, but everywhere?

Derrick Stacey Denholm

Derrick Stacey Denholm, after graduating from art school, spent most of the past twenty-five years living and working in the remote forestlands of northern and coastal British Columbia. Having recently come out of the trees to complete a BA and an MA in English, his literary work concerns respect for the wild, social and environmental justice and the ongoing industrialization of Indigenous lands. Denholm won the 2011 Barry McKinnon Chapbook Award for Dead Salmon Dialectics, which was published in full form by Caitlin Press in 2014. Denholm's writing and visual art has been published in Canadian Literature, the Capilano Review, CV2, Dreamland, Drunken Boat, filling Station, The Goose and ::stonestone::. He feels the most at home when standing on a mossy log in the rain and listening to raven gossip, his fingertips stained with the juice of wild berries.

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While emphasizing the ‘local, wild, and Indigenous,’ Denholm’s work is planetary in its scope—a book that will be read and studied widely.

Northword magazine

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