Franklin Burroughs

Franklin Burroughs

Franklin Burroughs is a retired professor of English at Bowdoin College.

canoe tripping up north

Up North, Early May

Up North, in the true canoe country, early May is to canoe-tripping what Thanksgiving to Christmas is to retailing. The whole year quickens toward those two weeks.

fallen tree

Great Elms

New England Elms, long cherished as ornaments, became symbols, providing more than simply shade.

Room With a View

For reasons reason cannot elucidate, some people in Bowdoinham keep guineas. They don’t eat them, can’t domesticate them, and have to feed and shelter them through the winter.

fox alseep on tree stump

Room With a View

Before myth became history, did foxes consider the trade-offs involved and cast their fate with ours, then think better of it?

Night Sky

Room With a View

I need, and refuse to own, a navigational system with a robotic voice saying turn left here, go 200 yards, bear right, etc., etc. I am under the stars, benighted in the shallows, churning up mud, with time and tide running out.

Room With a View

The images of Christmas that came to us fused and confused geographies, histories, and iconographies: the stony, semi-arid, goat- and sheep-herding Holy Land with its jumbled, inhospitable terrain; the deep-forested European north, where the dire winter cold and darkness threaten to engulf the world forever.