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PAGE 6 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC MAY 19, 1991 [] D who it? When business was bad, he said he couldn't afford it. When business was good, he didn't need it. For the life of us we can't remember his name or what he sells. Deborah Halter The Litany of the Great RiVe, by CrMgtu Pautist Bess, 1991, 80Pages, $18.9 ~>'V The Kurdish refugee tragedy - already critical -grows worse each day. Children are dying at four times the normal rate. These refugees are victims of violence-- forced to live with- out basic necessities of life. THEY CAN'T GO FORWARD AND THEY CAN'T GO BACK. CRS is already providing blankets, medicines, tents, safe drinking water and food. BUT IT IS NOT ENOUGH. TIME IS RUNNING OUT. If we are to expand our programs in Iraq and neighboring countries,. we need your help now. Please send your contribu- tion today - before time runs out. CRS Middle East Emergency Fund For The Victims of War I want to help Catholic Relief Services' emergency efforts in the Middle East with a contribu- tion of: CI $25 Q S50 Q $___ Other Name Address City State Zip To charge your contribution, or for more information, please call 1-800-SEND HOPE. (1-800-736-3467) Fund 257 106803 CRS is the . Caring For War Victims Since 1943 Catholic Relief Services, Middle East Emergency Fund P.O. Box 1 7220, Baltimore, Maryland 21297-0304 Overseas Relief and Development Agency of the United States Cathofic Conference. When this book landed on my desk, 1 dropped my other work, took my phone off the hook and stepped into the deel~ rich wodd of Meinrad Craighead. Such was not the case the first time 1 received one of her books, three years ago. I found her art strange, unsettling. I had to take her in small doses, glancing at it I few minutes at a time over the course of[ several Weeks. Itwas less a process ofdiscoe ering Craighead than of redefining my owvi myopic image of the divine, i I Craighead is not for everytxxty. Her wor is startling at times: a woman with out'[ stretched bands, holding mounds of eggs; a dark garden wherein mother and[ child embrace, surrounded by creatures of1 nature; a womb, flanked by tributaries ofI red connecting to pools of eggs. Meinrad s use of deeply personal irnaff[ ery to express the union of spirit, woma0[ and nature is unique and disarming: goneI is the pedestal woman locked away in ma[ airtight subconsciousness - in her place is woman whose creative nature suckles God[ and Earth as she returns her gift to both. Those whose relationship with Mary the Mother (or womanhood in general) is found in a blue, and-white plaster cast statue may want to avoid this artist. Her iconogr phy penetrates deep into a rare and evoc dve image of womanhood. But for those who seek the sacred in the mysterious union of divinity and sexuality, Craighead offers a rich and moving jour- ney into the birthgiver. Her newest volume, Litany of the Grist River, offers 30 new paintings which weave together the images of river and litany, imaging the ancient and sacred interconnectedness of all that live~ The collection is arresting and gratifying. ! Meinrad's works are available from Paulist i Press, 997 Macarthur Blvd., Mahwah, NJ, ! 07430. i Autographed copies of her books and!; prints, which make delightful gifts, may be l obtained directly from the author. Meinmd ', Craighead, 2712 Campbell Rd., NW, Albu-! querque, NM, 87104. k