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poetry, nature, children, landscape as rebirth, children on planks, discovery, quest


"The Indians in the Woods" and "The Wife of Manibozho Sings" contributed toward the inspiration of my painting "East of the Sun, West of the Moon". Lewis’ poems remind me of the intimacy between nature and children, their wonder at every new thing, “distinct and visible”. To them, the smallness of things, like the berry leaf, is admired and remembered. This painting captures a moment, which is expectant with the coming and going of children. The children and the woods are treasures, each part of a whole. Poems Old and New 1918-1978. Swallow Press, Ohio University Press, Chicago, IL p3-4