LibriVox volunteers bring you 18 recordings of The Train Dogs by E. Pauline Johnson (1861-1913). This was the Weekly Poetry project for February 6th – February 13th, 2011.
Emily Pauline Johnson (Mohawk: Tekahionwake – pronounced: dageh-eeon-wageh, literally: ‘double-life’)(10 March 1861 – 7 March 1913), commonly known as E. Pauline Johnson or just Pauline Johnson, was a Canadian writer and performer popular in the late 19th century. Johnson was notable for her poems and performances that celebrated her First Nations heritage; she also had half English ancestry. One such poem is the frequently anthologized “The Song My Paddle Sings”. Her poetry was published in Canada, the United States and Great Britain. Johnson was one of a generation of widely read writers who began to define a Canadian literature. (Summary from Wikipedia)
http://www.archive.org/download/train_dogs_1102_librivox/traindogs_johnson_rn_64kb.mp3″Running time=1m 26s (mp3@64kb)
The Train Dogs
Out of the night and the north;
Savage of breed and of bone,
Shaggy and swift comes the yelping band,
Freighters of fur from the voiceless land
That sleeps in the Arctic zone.
Laden with skins from the north,
Beaver and bear and raccoon,
Marten and mink from the polar belts,
Otter and ermine and sable pelts—
The spoils of the hunter’s moon.
Out of the night and the north,
Sinewy, fearless and fleet,
Urging the pack through the pathless snow,
The Indian driver, calling low,
Follows with moccasined feet.
Ships of the night and the north,
Freighters on prairies and plains,
Carrying cargoes from field and flood
They scent the trail through their wild red blood,
The wolfish blood in their veins.
This week’s poem can be found here.