Illuminate is a compact group of poems and drawings that could easily form the meditations for a winter spiritual retreat. Poems and drawings are gifted to readers from two gifted persons — an artist and a poet, both members of the same family. John Gibson, the father and artist, and Margaret Simon, the daughter and poet, have teamed up to communicate the beauty and mystery of the manifestation of God in the world in this small volume. The Annunciation, “I conceal lost edges,” the music of angelic ambassadors, “the mourning tunes of doves,” and a meditation about the star that led to the light that shines in the darkness will resonate with readers who appreciate inspired depictions of the Incarnation. Poems and drawings express the receptivity of father and daughter to the mysterious process of co-creation: “When you draw them (the pictures)/ God’s hand moves,/God’s hand is moving…” and “the light /circles/like ripples in calm water” aptly describes the effect of the eloquent work in this small volume on readers. Finely honed lines by both artist and writer will cause readers to ask for more, as the creators of Illuminate have, with light and deft strokes, captured the gift of the Incarnation. –Diane Moore, poet
“In the imaginative, graceful and grace-filled poems of Margaret Simon, we are taken into her experience of faith through a vision that is clear and a voice that is authentic. Each poem, lovingly crafted, is homage to her father’s art and to her God, and resonates with her love of and enchantment with words. “ Clare L. Martin, poet and author of Eating the Heart First (Press 53, 2012)
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