Poetry

Nostalgia – Poetry and Paintings about Beauty, Love and Loss comprises forty-eight of Pagès’ short poems, each one aligned with one of her paintings that reflects the poem’s message and mood.
Her words and images speak of her nostalgia for England’s landscape when she came to live in the U.S., as well as her awe of natural beauty in general, her gardens are full of gnomes, fairies and moonlit messages, and her songs of birds, water and trees assure us of nature’s continued companionship and support throughout disappointments, trials and losses. The painting for her poem, “Song of a Flock of Birds” shows the lonely figure of a girl “weighed down by loss and gravity,” watching birds wing their way above a desert through a sunset sky. “Fly with us, little lost soul,” they call to her. “Follow us, and you will be light as air …for everything is flight and song.” Light, and the music and color of nature, remind us of a beauty that changes but never fades, and of continued hope even during times of loss.

Christina Pagès grew up in the fields of Kent, England, and spent many carefree hours wandering the countryside with her three older sisters. After living in Spain for three years, Christina married and came to live in America in 1970. She began her studies in literature and poetry while raising four children, and received her Ph.D. in English in 1993. She received a publication award from the International Society of Poetry for her poetry collection, “Shadow Words” (Watermark Press, 2006), and was the California State Poetry Society’s 19th Annual Contest Winner in 2005. Her second full collection of poetry, “Remember Not to Forget”  was published by Summerland Publishing in 2013. Her children’s chapter book, “The Mountain Boy” had been published by the same company in 2007. “Lucy in Her Secret Wood”   is her first young adult novel. Christina began painting English and European landscapes in oils after moving to the U.S. out of nostalgia for the countryside there. Since 1987, Christina has taught in various English departments of universities and colleges on both the East and West Coast. She is now teaching composition and literature at Santa Barbara College, and living in the beautiful valley of Ojai. Christina claims that her writing, painting, piano playing, gardening, all come from her love of nature as a child. “Nature is a child’s best friend,” she says; “it patiently waits to be conversed with and to feed a child’s imagination/spirit.”