Water Rising: Book Review
By Ruth L. Schwartz
Water Rising, a collaborative book by award-winning writer Leila Philip and internationally- renowned sculptor Garth Evans, is an experience to savor. Visually beautiful and innovative in its approach, this is a richly rewarding book for eye, ear, and spirit at once.
In creating the book, both Philip and Evans chose to work in forms relatively unfamiliar to them, and to work without sharing or comparing their offerings until they were finished. Philip, primarily a prose writer, brought a delicate, restrained quality to her poems that makes evident her extensive study of Japanese culture. Evans, who usually works in three-dimensional forms, brings both restfulness and movement to his watercolors. Rather than speaking directly to one another, the poems and paintings both emerge from and contribute to a subtle, layered and resonant conversation between humans and the natural world.
To see the full review in Descante (forthcoming Spring/Summer 2016) see attachment below.