The Birds of Morris Graves

Morris Graves (August 28, 1910 – May 5, 2001) was an American painter. He was one of the earliest Modern artists from the Pacific Northwest to achieve national and international acclaim. His style, referred to by some reviewers as Mysticism, used the muted tones of the Northwest environment, Asian aesthetics and philosophy, and a personal iconography of birds, flowers, chalices, and other images to explore the nature of consciousness. This poem first appeared in 3rd Wednesday, was reprinted in The Ekphrastic Review and is now is included in my collection: Protective Coloration from Kelsay Books.

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