Andrew Wyeth’s Pentecost and a Pushcart-Nominated Poem


Wyeth titled this painting Pentecost in part because it was composed on Pentecost Island. I called my poem Nets for obvious reasons. I’ve always loved the painting but it was when I came across an interview with Wyeth explaining how he saw these nets and what they signified that I felt compelled to write. Pemaquid Point, which Wyeth referenced in his interview, is one of my favorite places on the coast of Maine and is special because I had a small memorial service for my grandmother there years ago. It’s really a spiritual place where the rocks jut out into the Atlantic and that concurrence of peace and fury when the waves smash and swamp the rocks, reminds us that it’s also a place of nature’s violence. I would have included the poem here, but WordPress was having none of my carefully constructed format. The poem won the Briar Cliff Review Award (scroll to bottom of page, the link to ‘Nets’ is on the far right) in 2011 and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize that year.

11 thoughts on “Andrew Wyeth’s Pentecost and a Pushcart-Nominated Poem

  1. After I initially commented I seem to have clicked on the
    -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from
    now on whenever a comment is added I get 4 emails with the same comment.
    Perhaps there is a means you can remove me from that service?

    • I think you need to change that on your end. I don’t control who gets notifications.
      Try going to the ‘notify me’ spot and uncheck the box.
      Hope that helps

  2. Hi Sarah: I am curious about what you did with the painting. The link above is broken. I have all your books but could not find the poem under “Nets.” Where can I find it?

    • Jim,
      That poem isn’t in any of my books. Is it the link to Briar Cliff Review?
      They may have taken it down after this amount of time. I’ll edit
      the blog post to include it when I have a minute.

    • Jim,
      I’ve added a link that leads to a page with another link! I’m at the far bottom, right hand side on the page, click and you’ll get a pdf of the poem.
      Hope that works!

  3. Ok, thanks. I am reading Wyeth’s bio “A Secret Life.” In it, the author often goes into background details about his paintings, which I have alway loved. Sounds life a cool project for myself, and would love to see what you did with his work. I would use his paintings a proms and not as a pure ekphrasis. I want the poems to stand alone without the painting in the end.

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