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Dark Pines Under Water

The liquid slowing of the sleeper, turning inward and looking downward

In preparation for my exploration of the 50 north latitude locations, I’ve been seeking out Canadian poets.  So in love with Dark Pines Under Water, by Gwendolyn MacEwen.  It will take many readings and contemplation, but my initial response is one of reverence for the rich way in which the poet wrapped the inexplicable in nature’s metaphors.   The liquid slowing of the sleeper, turning inward and looking downward, anticipating a knowing and understanding, but not.

Dark Pines Under Water

This land like a mirror turns you inward And you become a forest in a furtive lake; The dark pines of your mind reach downward, You dream in the green of your time, Your memory is a row of sinking pines.

Explorer, you tell yourself this is not what you came for Although it is good here, and green; You had meant to move with a kind of largeness, You had planned a heavy grace, an anguished dream.

But the dark pines of your mind dip deeper And you are sinking, sinking, sleeper In an elementary world; There is something down there and you want it told. — “Dark Pines Under Water,” The Shadow Maker (1972) So much here for me to work with, I feel that this poem can be attended to again and again.  What a wonderful discovery.

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      Sharon Kingston is a Northwest WA oil painter who uses the properties of her medium to create paintings that respond to both the atmosphere of her surroundings and poetry. This method of looking inward and outward and, in the moments of painting, finding her way on the canvas is her approach to creating paintings infused with poetry and the memory of landscape. The atmospheric element of her work is a testament to her desire to create spaces that are undefined, contemplative and allow room to reflect and accept uncertainty. Poetry, by nature open ended, is used both in the conceptualization of the work and as a part of the studio practice. The words of Rainer Rilke have informed Sharon’s work for many years, but she also turns to contemporary poetry when it resonates with her life. She uses layers of transparent color, reveals forms by concealing and unearthing pentimenti and suggests elements of landscape in her process.