More lichen studies at the scanner (see previous post and comments).

A few days ago, I received my copies of MERCY ISLAND by Ren Powell and I’ve been dipping into the poems at random, allowing a slow digestion of the remarkably rich imagery that Ren Powell evokes with spare words. Today, as I’m composing this blog entry, I enjoyed a review of the book by poet and blogger Rachel Barenblat of The Velveteen Rabbi. The synchronicity in the following lines struck me:

Sacred painting’s
yellow ochre
my skirt
trimmed with lichen

From Ren’s poem A View from an Island. (Please read the whole poem at Rachel’s). I personally like to think it’s of Hornby Island, off the BC coast, since my photo on the cover is taken on one of its shores.

Update: March 31st, 2011: Another most interestingly written review including some gratifying comments about the cover by Carolee Sherwood. Thanks for sending it to me, Beth!

March 24, 2011 in Books, Nature, Photoworks by Marja-Leena