This painting is used for the cover of “Songs for a Summons” – a new book of poetry written by David Guterson and published by Lost Horse Press
I just received a copy of this fine book in the post!
Many thanks to Christine Holbert of Lost Horse Press.
Click on http://www.losthorsepress.org/catalog/songs-for-a-summons/ to see the Lost Horse Press webpage for this book.
“Songs for a Summons” – Poems by David Guterson (author of Snow Falling on Cedars)
To see this painting’s own page – Colour Study 7 (Songs for a Summons)
“Like those of Robert Frost—or Tu Fu—David Guterson’s poems often find transcendence in the natural world, in particular the mountain ranges and island landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. But his sources are many—history, literature, contemporary culture—and what unites this fine debut collection of poetry is not limited to place. It is, instead, an acutely honed awareness, one that takes us from a spent match head’s black thorn to a contemplation of the emptiness of form: “When the last leaf is off the tree / celebrate illusion.”
“As is true when David Guterson enriches our lives and literature with memorable stories and essays, he is on these pages a poet acutely, even achingly, aware of the beauty and sometimes absurdity of the natural and unnatural forms that surround us. He is awake to the experience of illusion and impermanence, loneliness and suffering. And always in these well-crafted works, where language performs at its highest level, he is awake to the possibilities of love, gratitude, redemption, and the importance of self-acceptance. With each elegant poem in Songs For A Summons, Guterson liberates our seeing, our senses, and beckons us to live more fully, more authentically, more deeply.”
—Dr. Charles Johnson, author of Middle Passage