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KINship // a Celebration of Art & Poetry

words // Lin Stone
photos //Craig Thomas

The evocative images from Vermont poet Daniel Lusk’s newly released book, KIN, leapt off the page and onto the walls of Burlington City Arts (BCA) in a juried art exhibit and competition, KINship: a Celebration of Art & Poetry. Collaboratively sponsored by Wind Ridge Books of VT, Sundog Poetry, and BCA, Lusk’s poems issued a call of the wild to artists in celebration of the natural world where the northern wilderness stands as kingdom, caves as castles, and all inhabitants are related in a kinship royal and holy.

Artists responded with more than forty paintings, collages, photographs, and sculpture created in response to their favorite poem chosen from the collection and ten pieces were chosen for exhibition. Vanessa Compton won Jury’s Choice Best in Show and the $500 prize for her collage entitled “Not so Lonely the Life of the Fire Watcher,” inspired by Lusk’s poem “The Bear’s Carol”; Poet’s Choice and People’s Choice awards both went to Raven Schwan-Noble for her photograph, “Meditation,” inspired by the poem “Beaver”; Publisher’s Choice went to Linda DiSante for her watercolor painting, “Mud People” inspired by the poem “Rain.”

Next year’s collaborative arts celebration of poetry is slated to be crafts-inspired by the forthcoming book of poetry by Irish-born, Vermont-landed poet Angela Patten, In Praise of Usefulness, to be published by Wind Ridge Books of VT newest imprint, SunRidge Poetry.

“Meditation”
By Daniel Lusk

This is a holy place.
Mud people
keep the wind in pots.

It is the porcupine
in his quill robe,
the moose in his crown,
who made it holy.

See the star tracks
where the grouse walked,
unhurried, in the snow.

See the moss on the path
we swept free of leaves
and branches,
the moss covered stone.

Rain falls,
the pail and bowl
are filled with water.

We might have used it
to water the seedlings,
or for bathing ourselves.