Finn, Charles and Barbara Michelman: On a Benediction of Wind
Publication Date: August 9, 2022
This collaboration is a dance of word and image, where the moment meets the eternal, and beauty that catches the breath gives way to vistas that calm the spirit.
A quiet intimacy and strength run through this collection of free verse and prose poems, each paired with a black-and-white landscape photograph from the Pacific Northwest and the American Southwest. Poet Charles Finn and photographer Barbara Michelman weave a tapestry of words and images from the natural world into a single, timeless strand.
Ten years in the making, in this sparse yet lyrical work, poem and image become reflections of one another. With its emphasis on birds, the innate holiness of nature, and experiences shared by an unnamed couple,On a Benediction of Windis an invitation to leave the distractions of the modern world behind—and listen once again to "the confessions of snow" and "the breathing of stones".