Animal Kingdom

New Eyes for Creation

Pavel Chichikov sees the natural through the mystical eyes of the supernatural... This is to see things as they are meant to be seen. It is to see God's presence in the weaving of a spider's web or in the flight of a bird. It is to see as Gerard Manley Hopkins saw. It is to paint inscapes. It is to see truly.—JOSEPH PEARCE, biographer, writer-in-residence and associate professor of literature, Ave Maria University


These verses do what all art should do. They wake us up. They lay a kindly hand on our arm, and say, "Look!" Poem after poem after poem regales us with—with what? Beauty, really. Splendor. Sheer astonishment at the whole pageant of Creation. The exquisite notation of color and form, shape and variety, draws us all towards adoration of the Maker, and love for these creatures themselves.—THOMAS HOWARD, writer and scholar, noted for his studies of C. S. Lewis and Charles Williams