Islands are made for
prayer. They are symbols of our unbreakable connection to God.
So writes Jack Perkins
introducing this unique volume.
Bookshelves hold many collections
of poetry, many volumes of photography, a few works that include
both image and verse. But the distinction of Island Prayers
is that both the poetry and the photography spring from the
same creative font -- the same artist.
As the then-Governor of
Maine, Angus King, wrote on the publication of Perkins' first
book, Acadia: Visions and Verse:
"Jack's poems are
pictures drawn with words; his photos are poems written with
The subtitle of this work
proclaims "Photographs and Poems of Praise" and indeed,
the Spirit is readily found both in the glories of nature captured
by his cameras, and in the inspired lines of verse that accompany
This is not, though, a
book to honor nature (nor does it capitalize that word.) On the
contrary, it recognizes that the word "nature", as
Perkins writes, "is but a timid euphemism for what truly
deserves our worship. It's like praising the stove for a wonderful
This book offers a wonderful
dinner, a bountiful banquet.