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Evening Lecture-On a Benediction of Wind: Poems and Photographs from the American West

December 9, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

$5 – $10

Date: December 9
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Montana Natural History Center
Cost: $5 members/ $10 non-members

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Join the Montana Natural History Center for this very special presentation and poetry reading! On a Benediction of Wind: Poems and Photographs from the American West, highlights the black and white landscape photography of Missoula local, Barbara Michelman and the nature poetry of Charles Finn.

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Books will be available for purchase at MNHC the evening of this event.

On a Benediction of a Wind, Book Description:
In this lyric work, poetry and image are merged to become reflections of one another. With its emphasis on birds, the innate holiness of nature, and experiences shared by an unnamed couple, On a Benediction of Wind, is an invitation to leave the distractions of the modern world behind and listen once again to “the confessions of snow” and “the breathing of stones”.

Often when poetry is paired with photography, the words and images sit separately, disconnected. In the book Michelman and Finn set out to create a conversation between their two art forms. Michelman’s photographs, black and white images from the Pacific Northwest and Southwest, are not narrative supports for the poems, while neither are the poems descriptive monikers of the photographs. Rather each act as a reflection of the other, evoking and enhancing the feeling, emotion, and idea investigated by the first.


What’s the refund policy?

The lecture fee is refundable if a cancellation is made up to 7 days before the event. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after this deadline. In light of changes to programming due to novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Montana Natural History Center will make exceptions to its normal refund policy. These exceptions are as follows:

Any programs cancelled by the Montana Natural History Center are eligible for a full refund.

In the event a program fee can be rolled over to a following cycle or year, that offer will be made available to the paying program participant, and a spot will be reserved for the participant.

If a program is cancelled by a participant due to reasonable health and safety concerns from exposure risk to novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Montana Natural History Center will issue a full refund.

If any participant experiences major illness, injury, or loss of a family member prior to the start of a registered program the participant is eligible for a full refund.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Nope! We will have a list of all the attendees.


December 9, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$5 – $10
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