Each blade of grass, ev'ry wing that soars, the waves that sweep across a distant shore, make full the circle of God. —Keri Wehlander
Inspired by this text, the artist imparts a sense of reverence to a clump of natural grasses. Margaret Kyle's grasses wave and dance as much through her skillful coloration (which causes the surface to pull forward and recede visually) as through her expressive brushwork. The sense of motion created by the tops of the waving grasses, paired with the stillness of the stems below, imbues the image with a sense of the holiness of each created thing.
A. M. Stroud III, a former prosecutor in Louisiana, expresses regret for the role he played in sending Glenn Ford to death row in 1984. “I was 33 years old. I was arrogant, judgmental, narcissistic and very full of myself. I was not as interested in justice as I was in winning.” Stroud says he presented dubious evidence from a forensic pathologist, precluded black jurors from the trial (Ford, since exonerated, is black), and ignored the fact that the appointed defense attorney had never before tried a criminal or capital case. “I . . . hope that providence will have more mercy for me than I showed Glenn Ford,” Stroud said in a letter to the editor of the Times of Shreveport. “But, I’m also sobered by the realization that I certainly am not deserving of it” (ABA Journal, March 25).