“[My poem, “Asters and Goldenrods”] explores the intersection of my project with the botanical drawings of Kate Furbish.”
Rebecca Goodale’s artist’s books are sought-after treasures. Her series, which she calls her Threatened and Endangered Project, has documented every disappearing plant and animal in Maine. The books and their beautiful and vivid images serve as both elegy and warning. Asters and Goldenrods commemorates the great botanist Kate Furbish, who collected, classified, and drew the flora of Maine from 1870 to 1908. Goodale is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern Maine and has taught at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and at Bowdoin College. Her work is in many public collections, including the New York Public Library, Bowdoin College, the University of New England, Wellesley College, the Portland Museum, and Hawaii State Art Museum.