The River is cooperative. Turned by time,
a free style of weaving through layers of watercolor,
continuous overflows, the work of current,
always seeking new outlets.
On any given day one might find items of
marbled pottery, glass, feathers, shells, stone –
natural and manmade materials – woven into her work.
Whatever The River learns she masters, to discover
what can be drawn from within in hopes of offsetting winter.
Recurring abstract shapes, distinct tracks, sometimes animals
birds and carved bears emerge from internal landscapes.
The River is a window for artisans to perceive themselves.
Images always appear, become the river.
Do not fear her blank canvas.
The River is both meditation and a dance.
Carol A. Stephen
Found poem. Source material: The River Artisans Cooperative, Saxton River, VT.