For many years, Merle Haggard’s “If We Make It Through December” has been my theme song for winter. Around the end of November, I start telling friends that I am going into hibernation until spring.
However, I see that my December calendar is filling up with events I don’t want to miss. One is the Poetry Series event at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art on December 6.
I’ve admired the paired photographs and poems that have been on display at the museum for several weeks. Recently, I learned not only that the book “Mississippi,” a joint effort between the poet and photographer is available in the museum gift shop, but also that the two artists will be appearing at the museum in early December.
Both artist and poet live in Mississippi. Maude Schuyler Clay, formerly worked with renowned photographer William Eggleston, and her work has appeared in various magazines, including Esquire and Vanity Fair. It is also included in collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and The National Museum for Women in the Arts, and the High Museum, Atlanta.
Ann Fisher-Wirth teaches English at the University of Mississippi. She has traveled extensively and lived in many countries, but — in addition to writing poetry and teaching yoga — has taught English at the University of Mississippi since 1988. In addition to her several books of poetry and scholarship, she has been published in literary journals nationwide.
Through their stunning words and images, both artists, keenly interested in the natural environment, hope to remind their audience that “we are here for only a brief time, imprinting our presence for better or worse, while the land is forever.”
I’ve already bought their book as an early Christmas present to myself, and can hardly wait to meet them and have them sign it.
For those who may be interested in attending, their presentation will be tonight at 6 at the JCSMFA 901 S. College Street, Auburn. The museum café will open at 5, and the gift shop will host a trunk show of jewelry by Sarah Cavender from 4-7.
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