Many places know winter, but few rival Newfoundland and Labrador in the rich variety of art forms rendered in snow and ice. These are reflected in an equally rich array of terms and phrases in the local dialect- like brickle, nish, knobby, slob, lolly, devil’s blanket, and Mother Carey is plucking her chickens.
From 2012 to 2014, Marlene Creates devoted her attention to the workings of winter. She observed and photographed the ice and snow forms near her home and composed spare, fine-tuned poems to interact with these images.
As she says in her introduction, knowing the terms”helps us actually see different phenomena. Instead of winter being just a cold, white blur.”
Here is winter seen through a fresh composite lens, with photography, poetry, and Creates’s ancestral vocabulary working together.
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