From the shores of Gitchie Gumee to the Pizza at Fat Lorenzo’s: Poetry in South Minneapolis

3/16/2009 07:46:00 AM ·

Isn't it amazing where you can find your inspiration. Greg Laden shares with us a journey of poetic enlightenment, with a trip to a local watering hole.

Fat Lorenzo’s is in one of my favorite neighborhoods of Minneapolis. It sits just across from the park at Lake Nokomis. Do you know Nokomis? No? Nokomis is the grandmother of Nanabozho and Hiawatha (who, in turn, are probably roughly the same person). You know, like this:

By the shores of Gitche Gumee,
By the shining Big-Sea-Water,
Stood the wigwam of Nokomis,
Daughter of the Moon, Nokomis.
Dark behind it rose the forest.
~~Longfellow

A few years ago, when I lived walking distance from Nokomis, my good friend and colleague Sir Dr. Francis Thackeray of South Africa was visiting. So Francis and I went over to Nokomis Park, because I wanted to show him an example of a glacial lake, as well as the Mississippi river channel and some of the local hard rock geology, as well as an interesting glen loaded with native carnivorous plants, which are all in this park. And as we were walking in the general direction of the carnivorous plants, we passed a large stone and concrete open-air monument thingie, and Francis leaped Read More

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