A Gateless Garden: Quotes by Maine Women Writers by Liza Bakewell and Kerry Michaels
(Maine Women Write, 2015)
A Gateless Garden is a gem of a book. The layout is simple—each spread contains a full-page, black-and-white photograph by Maine photographer Kerry Michaels, a frequent contributor to Coastal Home, and a short quotation chosen by Liza Bakewell, executive director of Maine Women Write and former anthropology professor at Brown University. For inclusion, the writer must at some point have lived and written in Maine and felt its influence in her work.
Each writer quoted in the book is profound and perceptive in her poetry or prose. Many of these women, dating from 1800 to the present, may be familiar to you: Harriet Beecher Stowe, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Rachel Carson, Sarah Orne Jewett, Celia Thaxter, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, May Sarton, Helen Nearing, Alix Kates Shulman, Tabitha King, and Melissa Coleman, for example.
Yet it is the photographs that make the book sing. Michaels’ eye for content and composition is precise. The textured, often painterly images can stand alone, but Bakewell amplifies their narrative impact with each literary pairing. A Gateless Garden’s small format makes it pleasant to hold, something you will do at length as you read, and reread, this book. Start seeing I prefer numerous you’s, which is wonderful for your blog. Having said that, within the affordablepapers
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