Tuesday, 20 March 2012

From Celtic Eyes

Always offering her unique perspective on nature and its inhabitants, as well as the invisible worlds to which her insight is attuned, Katherine L. Gordon's poetry is filled with images both empirical and incorporeal. Writing from the secluded Eramosa valley near Guelph, Ontario, hers are verses that fill the senses: the movement of waters and fallen leaves and the sounds that forest creatures make come to the pages of her books while fairies incognito are revealed to the eyes of even the most skeptical in her many books.

I'm currently re-reading What Lightning Brings, published by Cyclamens and Swords out of Israel in 2011 -- and it is a journey transcending present and past, the living and the dead. Her poem, Wheel and Rack, conveys her dualistic observations, of Canadian and of Celt, for readers fortunate to experience what she has in her bountiful abode.  

Wheel and Rack

A skirl of leaves
Septembered down the path
shaking out the August myth
of mellow summer stretching
into forever,
the trees sang requiem,
bowed rain-heavy heads
until a sailing sun soothed
with faceted sparkles
shining promise
of all things adventuring
before return,
light and dark mingling
on eternal rack.

                                                         -- by Katherine L. Gordon

Another favourite highlights Katherine's ability to say a great deal with an economical amount of words:

Awakening Birch

and from that slender birch
canoes will grow,
letters to lovers in the woods
will lace the generous bark
white heraldry on green canvas
as the summer birch stretches in the forest
while squirrels flash red and black
in leaps of joy.

                                                         -- by Katherine L. Gordon

The language throughout this volume, and the ones preceding it, are enchanting, vivid, and alive in a number of realms both seen and unseen.



  1. Andreas,

    I couldn't agree more with you: Katherine's works are among the most sublime.

    And welcome to the blogosphere: consider me one of your most tireless readers.

  2. Hi Conrad,

    I appreciate your kind welcome. It's nice to share thoughts and books in this environment. Of course, yours is a blog that has held an underappreciated standard of excellence for a long time now. Cheers.