Nostalgia: Poetry and Paintings of Beauty, Love and Loss978-1-64136-852-0
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.