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Ekphrastic Found Poem

Bernard Gieske, US: Poet

Connie Bransilver, US: Photographer

 

Mangrove Nursery

GUARDIANS of the EVERGLADES
 

 Found Poetry from David Fiber’s response after visiting the reception at the Museum of the Everglades

 

          Photos by Connie Bransilver

Ekphrastic Found Poem by Bernard Gieske

 

 

 

Human Being

 

Cynthia and David Fiber visited a reception at the Museum of the Everglades and David wrote following these touching words after his visit.

"When you look at the Guardians of the Everglades in Nicholas' paintings you are suddenly brought aware of the human relationship to the environmental issues surrounding the Everglades restoration and preservation. The tendency so often is to see environmental issues only in the context of land, water, air, flora, fauna and forget about the human history entwined therein. You cannot look at the strength of the characters in the paintings without becoming directly aware that the Everglades is as much a human heritage as an environmental one. The paintings remind us that once we had great ties to this ecosystem, lived within its context and drew strength from it, and how much we have diminished ourselves by neglecting that heritage. Each Guardian, in the power of their representation, reminds us that to be human, we must respect, and protect, the natural forces that gave us birth and give us breath. Connie's screenings remind us of both the beauty and the transparent fragility of the Everglades. The Guardians stand guard. The paintings stand guard over the screens. An apt and effective juxtaposition."

~ David Fiber

Bernard Gieske created the Found Poem "Guardians of the Everglades" by using the words he "found" in David Fiber's comments above (the italic emphasis reflects the words Gieske extracted from Fiber's statement); Gieske's Ekphrastic poem is combined with Connie Bransilver's evocative photos.
 

 

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