Brown as a "luminous collection of poems and paintings" has been in the making since Betsie and Carol came together many years ago in San Francisco. They found an immediate affinity to one others' work while involved in the Braided Lives project.
Rarely has a book title been more appropriate. Meeting in that realm between earth and spirit, the poems and images come together with the force of birthing and slide into the golden liquid of regeneration. It is a place words and images do not inhabit, and yet Carol has found the words and Betsie the guardian figure to guide the senses in interpreting the mysteries of transformation. Two examples follow.
Savoring the still after storm,
The only sounds: raindrops on stone,
a few peeps from plovers
sheltering under wing.
Above, the clouds release their gloom
in fragrant downpour, leave tentatvie
smiles to cover sun, moist
folds in verdant pasture.
The stillness will not last
nor will the musky scent of soil--
air fresh as orange blossoms; soon,
day's symphony will start again,
willows weeping softly while wind
bows her head to nudge dead leaves
along the way of wary travelers.
Air grimaces at the return of dust,
the smoke and rot of daily living.
Algae grow anew in tide pools,
sunflower faces wizened
by the heat of unmuzzled sun.
Dry riverbeds creak their warning
to dying fish; it is time to pray for rain.
Slight as the whisper of chrysalis
on cloud branch, she is painted
with the black brush of underworld,
trailing wings of lambent white past
raven sky. She faces east to sun's
rising, awash in creation's fire.
Guardian of all that is changeless,
she carries the promise of morning
to yesterday's children, transluscent
vessel dispelling fear. With darkness
her mentor, she dances
to the music of temporal reality.
Floating beyond time,
she will listen to your night terrors,
heal your inner stories.
Her wisdon, forged in temple rites,
will protect those in childbirth
then help them cross Stygian waters.
Both Carol and Betsie were present for the recent well-attended readings in Taos, which were especially well received at the SOMOS bookstore.
The many years of work and collaboration shine through in the finished work of art that is this stunning new book.
Dreaming Earth's Body is available through Blue Dolphin at http://www.bluedolphinpublishing.com/Dreaming.html
Dreaming Earth’s Body is her first literary collaboration.