Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Sacred poems in a golden box by Carol P. Kunstadt

By Ernest Disney-Britton
Sacred Poem LXX, 3.25 × 4.625 × 4.625 in., pages from 1849 Parish Psalmody, tissue, gold leaf, antique wooden box (box for the storage of men's detachable collar). open: 9.5 x 4.625 x 2.325 in., 2010
During Sunday's sermon, my pastor told the story of a woman who found her despair unbearable but found peace in the Book of Psalms. During times of difficulty, many of us open up the Book of Psalms and use the Jewish King's poetic praises to ask God for mercy. The "Sacred Poem Series" by Carol P. Kunstadt "takes physical, material, and intellectual inspiration from the Parish Psalmody, A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Public Worship, published in 1849." Because Carol sees a book as a container to protect and present, she created this gold leafed box for King David's poetic praises.  For more on Carol's sacred poems, visit her website at