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poetry and prose about place

in the shelter of the covered bridge – manuscript completed!!

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Last year, in the competition of April 1, 2015, I was awarded a Creation Grant from artsnb (The New Brunswick Arts Board). The award was to create a manuscript of poems about plants and animals living in the shelter of covered bridges in New Brunswick.

I have now completed the manuscript and am ready to submit my final report. During the project I visited 28 covered bridges in the drainage basin of the Saint John River and 5 in Charlotte and Westmorland Counties. I was also able to use the notes and records from my visits to some covered bridges in 1992.

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The final manuscript includes  81 pages, 8 new drawings, and 63 poems, organised into five themes:

liminal spaces – 8 poems about bridges as places of transition and change

notch of a lily pad – 10 poems about the covered bridge as habitat

grit of a blade – 9 poems about engravings and graffiti produced by human visitors to the covered bridge

a blade of grass between thumbs -10 poems about mysterious discoveries in covered bridges

heads of timothy – 6 poems about encounters at the bridge

gaps between boards – 10 poems about deterioration and loss due to vandalism, fire and flood

a loose board rattles – 10 poems about the sounds resonating in a covered bridge

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Many thanks to artsnb for helping me in the making of the manuscript and for the chance to undertake such an enjoyable project!

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in the eaves

Copyright 2016 Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

March 9, 2016 at 7:47 am

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  1. Dear Jane,
    I have a problem. No. You’d better make that ‘two’.
    In the mail today, I received one of those Creation Grant cheques you keep telling us about. The Arts Council bureaucrats said the cash would help me finish my research document entitled ‘100 Ways for a Narcissist to Spend Government Money(on Himself)(Who Else?). There’s just one hitch. They said my manuscript needed to be peer reviewed by a dozen colleagues. I’m currently one shy. Can I put you down?
    And, secondly, the cheque’s only for a measly $46,246. Are they holding back on the other half? What should I do?
    Your best friend ever,
    Neil
    PS – You wouldn’t happen to have a spare room in the basement, would you? I can pay.

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    neil

    March 11, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    • Glad you have funding for what sounds like a project. Since I don’t know much about your subject, I don’t think I would be a good reviewer. However, I’m certain you will find someone. Are you sure you checked the decimal place on that grant? Basement flooded, have to go. Have a nice day. Jane

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      jane tims

      March 11, 2016 at 8:34 pm

  2. How exciting, Jane! You’ve discovered so many things by taking a closer look at covered bridges, while most of us have admired them only briefly and from a distance. To share that knowledge in poetry and art is a very special gift.

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    Barbara Rodgers

    March 10, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    • Hi Barbara. The same could be said of all the interests we make our own. Thanks for the encouragement! Jane

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      jane tims

      March 10, 2016 at 3:05 pm

  3. Well done, Jane!! 🙂 I think it’s fascinating that you could learn so much, find so many themes, around what appears to be one subject (covered bridges). I know from my daily walks about connections between man and nature, but it’s still fascinates me. Beautiful drawings to go with this post.

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    Robin

    March 9, 2016 at 9:56 am

    • Thanks Robin. I still think it’s amazing how different the bridges are, in spite of their similarity … A part of the built landscape that I really love. Jane

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      jane tims

      March 9, 2016 at 11:44 am

  4. Congrats, Jane. I’d forgotten how lovely your drawings are.

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    Jane Fritz

    March 9, 2016 at 8:51 am

  5. Congratulations!

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    ladysighs

    March 9, 2016 at 8:21 am

  6. Congratulations! I love your themes and look forward to seeing it in print.

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    seedbud

    March 9, 2016 at 8:09 am

    • Hi. Thanks. It was fun visiting the bridges and learning to identify some new bird calls! Jane

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      jane tims

      March 9, 2016 at 11:40 am


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