Collages by Wayne Atherton


IMPLICATE ORDER

At sea we
organize

the world
measure it

in arm-spans
hand’s breadths

coiled lines
we observe

the way
birds circle

or swoop
mirror aloft

what can’t be
seen below

the waterline
approaching

Cat Island
the sea turns

from blue
to turquoise

my wife’s face
blooms

in a wave
from our bow

that breaks
in our wake

 

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  ADIRONDACK CENTER FOR WRITING BEST POETRY AWARD 2014

ADIRONDACK CENTER FOR WRITING BEST POETRY AWARD 2014

 
The sea’s endlessness, its glittery surfaces, the often scruffy island life of the Bahamas are wonderfully recorded in Paul Pine’s “Fishing On The Pole Star.” Bright-scaled marlin populate the text, as do Wayne Atherton s mysteriously beautiful collages. The vision is spacious and colorful, awe-filled and deep dwelling.
— Michael Heller
Tracking the Bahamas out-islands Pines reads for signs of what lies beyond sight. Sea-farer, ethicist, psychotherapist, metaphysician, he sees the implicate order in all things as “an alphabet/of birds spells out/his name/on the visible surface/of an invisible/world.
— L.S. Asekoff
“Fishing on the Pole Star” is full of wonder, for Pines knows that fishing correlates with the Arthurian Grail-search, the poet’s hunt for the poem, the deep sea-voyage to heal the wounded soul. This collection places him in the tradition of Hektorović, Walton, Melville, Hemingway, and Hughes.
— Richard Berengarten
This fishing world is not my territory, so all the more honor and glory that I was hooked and didn’t want to make my escape. In fact I wanted to be eaten and recycled and renewed, as of old in some sacrificial ceremony.
— Anthony Rudolf

About the Artist

Wayne Atherton is senior editor of The Cafe Review, Maine’s oldest literary and art journal since 1989. For many years he has been building a rather large body of mixed media collage and is currently setting about to expand the exposure of his work to include gallery exhibition, art magazine profiles, and online journals. He has an ongoing exhibit of 18 collage which may be viewed at: www.bigbridge.org, archived issue no. 15. He may be contacted directly at: latheris@comcast.net