Branch and bought trees

Posted: Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Welcome to the 12th and final month of the year - and to the final month of L'attitude's first year of existence. Here's to a full year of Southeast's creativity. This month, we've got a few unusual submissions to showcase.

Clarissa Hudson won our general contest with her painting titled "Ravens Prepare for Next Ice Age." This explosion of acrylic on canvas makes us feel like ravens ourselves, soaring over a riotous and endless skyscape of clouds, sun rays and other ravens. The strong lines and intensity of perspective in the piece take us to another place, and thus we had no choice but to award the artist with first place. Keep up the good work, Clarissa.

Dan Branch took second place due to his work's quality, of course, but also for pure originality. We're not really sure what to call this. It's poetry, most definitely, but it's also something else.

"Beach grass stiffens in October while the softness of summer goes to root... the ravens grumble but we do not," he says - in a "Facebook post," in a work entitled "Poet Facebook."

Poets, it seems - especially canonized ones - can make fickle Facebook friends. In response to one of those Facebook posts, Ezra Pound replies "Read the Cantos and weep." Branch and Emily Dickinson have a falling out... and then a reconciliation (or so the Facebook voyeur would infer).

Third place goes to poetry as well, for Richard Stokes' "Christmas Prep," a thoughtful consideration of the holiday, preparation for it, and what it means. Or, as he says near the end of the poem, "...It's the holiday season when you know / all things don't respond to reason..."

Duffy Thomas snapped this month's cover photo, "Channel Sunset." The image depicts a familiar view to any Juneau resident, but one must be in the right place at the right time to capture that kind of lighting. Luckily, Duffy was there and has been generous enough to share the sight with those of us who missed the moment.

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