Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Poetry Month-Union River by Paul Marion

Bootstrap Press has just published Union River, a collection of writing spanning over 40 years by my friend Paul Marion. Poet Kate Hanson Foster has written an insightful review on the Boston Small Press and Poetry Scene blog. Do check it out.

Paul and I have been friends since the late '70s and fellow travelers in the worlds of books, words, art, and Lowell. We collaborated on South Common Haiku and hope to find another project to do together. Here's a calligraphed version of his poem Green Windows. I'll be sharing examples of his poems with my calligraphy for the next few days. The writing was done with gouache and pen and the hands with acrylic.

The book is available here.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Poetry Month-Quote from Adrienne Rich

Here's a quote from Adrienne Rich for Poetry Month. It is one of the pages in a fan book called Women's Words that I made for a friend's birthday. I used Shizen paper from Artist & Craftsman and Dr. Matin's bleedproof white with a Speedball nib. I love fan books—easy to make and dramatic in presentation. You can find directions at The Joy of Making Books on my youtube channel.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Poetry Month-Emily for Easter

As I look forward to a visit to the Emily Dickinson exhibit at the Morgan Library in May and A Quiet Passion, the new film about her life and work, it seems appropriate to share this image from my series, The Wondrous Nearer Drew, for Easter. The line is from poem 322; the flower is a delphinium.

There came a Day at Summer's full,
Entirely for me -
I thought that such were for the Saints,
Where Resurrections - be -

The Sun, as common, went abroad,
The flowers, accustomed, blew,
As if no soul the solstice passed
That maketh all things new -

The time was scarce profaned by speech -
The symbol of a word
Was needless, as at Sacrament,
The Wardrobe - of our Lord -

Each was to each The Sealed Church,
Permitted to commune this - time -
Lest we too awkward show
At Supper of the Lamb.

The Hours slid fast - as Hours will,
Clutched tight, by greedy hands -
So faces on two Decks, look back,
Bound to opposing lands -

And so when all the time had leaked,
Without external sound
Each bound the Other's Crucifix -

We gave no other Bond -
Sufficient troth, that we shall rise -
Deposed - at length, the Grave -
To that new Marriage,
Justified - through Calvaries of Love -

You can see the series on my website, and purchase the book at my etsy shop.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Poetry Month-April

Chaucer and Eliot for April. This is an oldie from 1981. I believe I used Dr. Martin's watercolor. Definitely Dr. Martin's something.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Poetry Month-Spring Slat Book

Here's a slat book with a spring acrostic poem. It's one of the projects in my Homes for Poems pdf ($5. for download in my etsy shop). There are eight projects, each for a different kind of poem. I created this material as part of my Making Books With Children series, but it works for adults as well.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Poetry Month-William Carlos Williams

Studio Sunday is on vacation for the month of April and is replaced by posts for Poetry Month, mostly on Sunday. I recently visited the Woodberry Poetry Room at Harvard with members of the Ticknor Society, a delightful Boston-based organization which describes itself as "a fellowship of book lovers."

During a presentation by Christina Davis, Curator, and Mary Walker Graham, Assistant Curator, we heard a recording of William Carlos Williams' opening remarks for his Morris Gray Poetry Reading on December 4, 1951. You can hear them in The Listening Booth on the Woodberry website. You'll find lots more great poetry to listen to there.
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