To This Cedar Fountain
Emily Carr recorded the experience of the West Coast soul in her living landscapes and her portraits of BC's towering firs. Kate Braid, in To This Cedar Fountain, engages Carr in conversation as only a kindred spirit could: a West Coaster, an artist, a woman with an affinity for timber. In these poems Carr's sensual paintings envelop Braid; Emily romances the trees while Kate bears witness.
To This Cedar Fountain is a dialogue between two BC legends, each a distinct voice for her own generation but both indisputably coastal souls. The first edition of this book was nominated for a Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.
Kate Braid has been powerfully attracted to Emily Carr—as a woman of great courage and perseverance, as a passionate painter and a memorable writer. And without doubt Emily Carr—who never could abide sycophantic flattery—would have recognized a sympathetic spirit in the strength, unadorned directness and clarity of these poems which she inspired Kate to write. In coupling quotations from Carr’s Journals with her own vibrant poetry, Braid has created a wonderful book.
—Doris Shadbolt, author of The Art of Emily Carr