In 2019 the wonderful Irish poet Gaynor Kane chose my oil painting "November Light" to grace the cover of her most recent poetry book, "Memory Forest".
I met Gaynor while working on the 52 Crows project in 2018, when she kindly submitted a poem, "Keening" to my blog.. The illustration for "Keening" is also reproducted in the book.
To read more about Gaynor and her work, please visit her website www.gaynor.kane.com
Gaynor Kane is supported by the arts Council of Northern Ireland.
"Memory Forest" was published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press. www.hedgehogpress.co.uk
In the centre of President's Park,
she stands, arms outstretched,
cradling a taxidermic crow
in the palms of her hands;
presenting it to the world
like a sacrifice. Black wings
murder a blue sky
then weigh down
the top branches.
Deafen the dog-walkers,
joggers and chess-players
with their screeching and cawing.
They jump from branch
to branch and then,
as quick as they arrived,
fly away; respects paid.
Reproduced with kind permission from Gaynor Kane.