Karla K. Morton’s photographs are as sharp-edged as some of the tree branches and animal bones they depict. They are carefully composed and at the same time luminous. Her country buildings convey a touching nostalgia. And many of her landscapes capture the elegance and nobility of the natural world. Each of Alan Birkelbach’s poems takes its cue from a Morton picture, stays true to the subject, then quickly—magically—moves into its own terrain, a region where image turns into memory and meditation. This combination of photograph-and-poem is highly satisfying. The two art forms are a perfect fit. 

—Richard Sale, Editor, The Trilobite Press