Sage Sweetwater's Authors Den poetry easily attracts this film director, and her poetry and essays are easily fitted into a logline and film treatment without any additional effort from Sage. Her poem April The Spearfish Moon: Spawning Run is taken right off the pages of her lesbian novel The Buckskin Skirt Oar Traveler to be adapted to screen. Cinematography around Durango, Colorado and The Four Corners region where the Anasazi tribe lived, also looking closely at another of her novels, the fourth one to be adapted to screen Blue Corn Woman.
The Return of Lesbian Pulp Fiction
Author uses Novel to Revive Cult Genre of Mid 20-th Century.
Sage Sweetwater revives lesbian pulp fiction in her novel The Buckskin Skirt Oar Traveler. The novel jaunts through time to tell the stories of nontraditional women and their struggle to live their lives among the warm embrace of Mother Nature.
Set deep in the forest of Lac du Flambeau, Wis., the novel is told through the spirit of the loon with a hint of lesbian fairytale. In the woods of this beautiful land, sprites and magical creatures frolic and torment while the loons dance and transform on the pristine waters of the lakes and rivers. The Buckskin Skirt Oar Traveler is a woman raised with a deep respect for nature and the skills to survive on the fringes of modern society. She slips her canoe into the water, floats supplies up and down the river and taps maple trees for their syrup. Her lesbian counterpart Fringe Water Many Bosom, lives in the 1800s; a true pioneer woman. Her story mirrors Buckskin's and exhibits what life may have been like for her.
Metaphorically, (she reminds) us of a loon's wing which has not 'properly' aligned, society waiting for her to molt her feathers hoping her new ones will come in 'straight.'
The novel follows exploits of Buckskin and her home, the Hamlet of Winonah, an all-female colony inhabited by a feminist tribe patterned after the ancient Hopewell culture. This modern-day colony is on the remote side of the woods where the Province of Blige, a Celtic, post-card Ireland, enchants the world around them. Buckskin makes her way between the two as she learns to live the life she wants and grows comfortable in her own skin.
A captivating pulp novel, The Buckskin Skirt Oar Traveler is a unique mix of lesbian fiction, fairytale, and Native American mythology.
Sage Sweetwater reminds us through her environmentalist bent novel of the loons' well-being and also that of the salmon in storylines throughout this novel.
Sweetwater, a passionate environmentalist, sets a storyline for the loons through her character of Grayson who rehabilitates the loons from injury. Sweetwater purveys that the idea of the loons can be raised and rehabilitated by Grayson and still successfully interact with the wild flocks. The idea goes well with the Buckskin Skirt Oar Traveler who represents the clean river. The Buckskin Skirt Oar Traveler 's attitude is one of that treats water as a life form in need of environmentalist friends. Following the watercourse of this novel, Sweetwater's readers will engage in environmental issues all along the way through The Hamlet of Winonah and Blige, the cradle of life, feeling zonal shifts, entering into other worlds and a totality of all earthly existing things.
Sage Sweetwater gives storyline to a hard-hitting impact of the Dog Salmon of the Yukon in this novel. The preservation of the Yukon's Dog Salmon depends greatly on the banishing of the hydro-electric dams near these salmon inlets and outlets. The storyline (think film) has the Buckskin Skirt Oar Traveler oaring down the Yukon river to the salmon spawning beds. Something is blocking the dam and the only way to recover the dog salmon is to breech the dams, where huge chunks of concrete have been thrown into the river. The oracle bones make a revelation as to another reason why the Dog Salmon have been trapped. Read the book and find out what has blocked the Dog Salmon.
Sweetwater uses the real truth of the matter in environmental terms. Will the Dog Salmon survive? In reality, if the Dog Salmon do not survive, then the sled dogs have to be euthanized because the sled dogs need the Dog Salmon for nourishment to survive. The adult salmon's migration upstream is not the problem. The dams are fitted with fish ladders, wide, concrete waterways that guide the salmon above the dam. Some get trapped and others get through. The lethal part comes when the smolts, the young salmon, migrate downstream. The turbines kill not only by chopping up the young salmon with the blades, but also by exploding their swim bladders through the powerhouses at a high pressure and speed.
Sage Sweetwater educates her readers by the way of lesbian pulp fiction. Her novels are a lesbian encyclopedia to the contribution of the world, rich with environmental, political, social, and religious themes.
April The Spearfish Moon: Spawning Run
April the Spearfish Moon,
birds pause on a bough to listen
to her songs, river stops flowing
to hear her tune,
spawning runs, she lures
Trout Fish she catches with
her tune April the Spearfish Moon,
muskrat, beaver, water beetle, crawfish,
coot, female loon,
sugar cakes rolled up
in birch bark cones, quick
energy for being on the move
with the seasons,
snowshoe walks upon
the soul of Mother Snow,
wine-berry-colored wool tassels
on the bottom of snowshoe frame
muffles sound of crunching through
snow's crust, April the Spearfish Moon
thaws a crisp whisper juiced with lust,
it all pans out in the name
of the berry__blueberry,
raspberry, her berry,
first make blanket__on
riverbank of soon-to-be-
salmon-rich river, fabric the
color of wild rhubarb, scarlet,
passionate, April the Spearfish
ice clears, they come
from the Great Lakes,
running the rivers, fishing
run follows sugaring season,
April the Spearfish Moon,
she often mentions her lesbianism,
shadow-fringed, moss-soft, find a
woman who can be your shadow
you be hers too,
have full understanding
of her, make sure she has
full understanding of you. Watch
for leaflet three when you drop your
buckskin fringe and go moss-soft,
when this happens,
put away all that is new
and bring out some of the
old, when you have found this
woman, paint her on your oars.
April the Spearfish Moon...
Copyright 2006 Ms. Sage Sweetwater, firebrand lesbian novelist