Four years ago, former Belfast Poet Laureate Elizabeth Garber got an offer no poet could refuse. She accepted and began a creative journey that reaches its first destination Friday night, Nov. 15, at Left Bank Books.

Garber and artist/photographer Michael Weymouth will launch “Maine (Island Time)” with a 7 p.m. presentation followed by book sales and signing. The book, which weaves Garber’s poetry and people profiles with Weymouth’s paintings and photographs, is the first of two handsome volumes Weymouth is having published; “Maine: Coming of Age,” which will focus on the mainland, is set to come out next year.

Weymouth, who grew up in the Dover-Foxcroft area, lives in Hingham, Mass., and runs his own branding design firm with offices in Boston and San Francisco. His work includes photography; painting had been left behind decades ago. In recent years, its pull re-asserted itself — as did his lifelong connection to Maine.

“He said, I’m retiring … and I want to create a really beautiful book about Maine,” Garber said.

The story of how Garber’s words became part of that beautiful book begins on Great Spruce Head Island, the Penobscot Bay island circled by Islesboro, North Haven, Cape Rosier and Deer Isle and owned by the Porter family. Garber attended the annual Great Spruce Head Island Art Week hosted by Anina Porter Fuller, staying in the small studio that used to be Eliot Porter’s darkroom, in 2005. Weymouth’s wife Peggy, who grew up on Great Spruce Head, came across a book of Garber’s poetry while staying on the island a year or two later.

“I got an email from a woman out on Great Spruce Head Island saying I read your poetry and love it … She was part of the Hingham poetry group and invited me to read there,” said Garber.

Some time later, Garber got an email from Peggy’s husband, whom she had not met on her Hingham visit.

“This email came from out of the blue. He said, I want to do a book about Maine, and you think about Maine the way I think about Maine,” said Garber. “He also said, I’ll pay for it; all you need to do is collaborate.”

Garber and Weymouth met in Boston and began working on a project that soon took off on its own trajectory, one determined by what each artist brought to it. Both had a body of work to draw from; for example, Weymouth had some sailing images and Garber had sailing poems from her unpublished book “A Poet in Love.” But their work together also sent each in new directions, especially during Art Week the following summer on Great Spruce Head Island.

Garber wrote a poem about the island’s wheelbarrows, brightly-painted workhorses used by one and all as needed on the Penobscot Bay island. Weymouth had not photographed them but did, and the results are neatly paired in the middle of the book. Weymouth had many paintings, oils and watercolors, of the island’s windswept old spruce trees and suggested Garber think about writing a poem about one. She walked around the island and found a tree similar to those in Weymouth’s images, sat down and looked at it a while, making notes — “pages and pages” — but not attempting to do more than observe.

“There’s a tradition of ‘seeing poems’ of looking and looking and waiting for something to arrive. [Rainer Maria] Rilke was an assistant to Rodin, who told him to go and look and look until you really see it, then write about it,” she said.

Taking notes and then going back to her cottage to craft a poem from them had not been Garber’s poetry practice; the experience that has led to her trying the method for other work. By contrast, what she had been doing on “The Architect’s Daughter,” a memoir now making the publisher rounds, led to people profiles that have become part of the book.

“I’d been interviewing my mom, family and people from the past and that got me going … I love catching someone’s real voice,” she said.

One voice she had the honor of catching was that of Gordon Bok, Camden’s renowned singer, songwriter and storyteller whom Weymouth photographed as he wielded his woodcarving tools during Art Week. Another profile, of Jessica Stevens, offers a glimpse into life on Monhegan.

Late this summer, Weymouth and Garber’s several-year collaboration was in its final stage of compilation when everything changed in what Garber called a big “a-ha” moment. All of a sudden, it was clear that there were two major themes — Maine’s sea, by way of its islands, and its land. The latter reflects both Weymouth’s visit to the Common Ground Country Fair in Unity and road trips on the mainland Garber and Weymouth took that resulted in visual and literary images.

“At the last minute, it was split into two books. We needed a new title and new cover image … it was amazing how quickly it was done, all in less than a month,” said Garber.

“Maine (Island Time)” is such a crammed-with-riches volume, it is hard to image the original book not breaking coffee tables. There will be another launch in Massachusetts and a spring gallery event in Boston. Garber will be setting up slide talks including one next summer at Camden Public Library in July. The first will be next month, closer to home: Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 6:30 p.m. at Belfast Free Library.

“It’s really beautiful,” she said.

“Maine (Island Time)” is one of four books Garber has been working on over the past five years. For more information about her work, including a link to the “Maine (Island Time)” tumblr site, visit elizabethgarberpoetry.com. Left Bank Books is located downtown at 109 Church St. For more information or to reserve signed copies of the new book, call 338-9009. The shop is open daily.