Brattleboro Literary Festival: Nethercott to read from 'A Ghost of Water' at Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts

BRATTLEBORO — Mitchell - Giddings Fine Arts will host a reading of "A Ghost of Water," by GennaRose Nethercott, Sunday, at 5:30 p.m., during the Brattleboro Literary Festival.

"A Ghost of Water" is a collaborative book featuring the artwork of Susan Osgood and ekphrastic poetry by Nethercott. MGFA's current exhibit "Mapping the Unknown," features many of the original oil paintings, monoprints, and collages by Osgood paired with Nethercott's poetry.

Nethercott is a writer, performer, and folklorist from the woodlands of Vermont. Her book, "The Lumberjack's Dove," was recently selected by Louise Gl ck as a winner of the National Poetry Series Award. Her work has appeared in many publications including The Offing, Rust & Moth, and PANK, and she has toured nationally and internationally writing poems-to-order for passersby on a 1952 Hermes Rocket typewriter.

Nethercott composed a poem-to-order for Osgood on Main Street in Brattleboro one afternoon, and from this a connection was forged that resulted in the book "A Ghost of Water."

Osgood's work is known for its rich use of atmospheric color fields which, combined with calligraphic surface lines form a sense of intriguing depth. The atmospheric backgrounds that rest beneath fluid, map-like lines in Mapping the Unknown transport the viewer "to the place of not-knowing--where we are suspended for a moment in the timelessness of curiosity and fascination." It is through this shared fascination with the allusions of color and the power of light and darkness that viewers are brought to a world free of objectivism, energized by its sense of mystery.

Publications of "A Ghost of Water" will be available at the Gallery.

More information on this and other Brattleboro Literary Festival events can be found at


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