Come listen to poet and writer Tim McNulty read and talk about Notes from Disappearing Lake: The River Journals of Robert Sund. McNulty was a close friend of Robert Sund and has been involved in editing and publishing Sund's work since the poet's death in 2001.
For most of the 1970s and 80s, poet and painter Robert Sund spent part of each year his at small shack on the Skagit River estuary. There, he kept journals of his observations and reflections as well as encounters with friends and fellow artists from the nearby community of Fishtown. With freshness and immediacy, these poem-like notations reveal the poet's ongoing artistic discipline based on close attention to the natural world, as well as his spiritual insight, humor, and love for all that illuminates the mind and lifts the heart. Notes from Disappearing Lake captures a creative spirit and an artistic moment in one of the Northwest's most mystically beautiful landscapes.
Robert Sund (1929 – 2001) grew up on a small farm in Washington's Chehalis Valley and studied with poet Theodore Roethke at the University of Washington before settling in the Skagit Valley. His poetry reflects a deep, lifelong engagement with landscape and community. He is the author of Poems from Ish River Country: Collected Poems and Translations, and Taos Mountain. Village Books will soon carry copies of Notes from Disappearing Lake.
About Tim McNulty:
Tim McNulty is a poet, essayist, and nature writer. He is the author of two poetry collections, In Blue Mountain Dusk, and Pawtracks, and ten poetry chapbooks including Cloud Studies, Some Ducks, and Through High Still Air. He is also the author of eleven books on natural history, including Olympic National Park: A Natural History. Tim has received the Washington Governor's Writers Award and the National Outdoor Book Award.
This event is co-sponsored by the North Cascades Institute and the Skagit River Poetry Festival. Together, the two organizations are hosting a field excursion that will include a canoe voyage down the Swinomish Channel of the Skagit River, a BBQ and other activities in honor of Robert Sund. The event, "The Poetry and Culture of Fishtown," takes place Sun., May 20th, 10am-9pm. For more information and to register visit: http://ncascades.org/signup/programs/poetry-and-culture-of-fishtown.