About the Book
This book, this collection of poems and photographs changed by digital skill and a storyteller’s heart, is the first collaboration between poet, Marilyn Raymond, and artist, Cathryn Wellner. The book contains 16 of Marilyn’s poems matched with the images they elicited from Cathryn. Marilyn’s poems, though on a wide range of topics, always have natural images, often both light and dark together - hope and loss, beauty and death, love and loneliness - and are meant to inspire connection: connection to insight; connection to trees, rivers and the animals that love them; connection to our human loves; connection to our deeper selves. Cathryn has been developing her photography skills and making whimsical, poignant, sometimes heart wrenching picture/micro story combinations and has published (7) small books (Small Scale Stories) encouraging readers to keep reaching for connection: lighthearted, passionate, heartwarming, sad, lonely, and beautiful ways to Love this Earth. Together, Cathryn and Marilyn, have created a unique way of presenting poetry and images. This book extends an intimate invitation to communicate through poems that are intentionally written to be open and accessible and images that offer a rare glimpse into story through the eyes of another. Cathryn and Marilyn have both worked in the realm of communication through much of their adult lives – teaching, writing, storytelling – and both have been motivated and inspired by a deep love for this planet which is, sadly and frighteningly, on the edge of serious and devastating change.