My brother, Basil, and I have collaborated over the years, mainly on songs written specially for the weddings of our siblings, children, nieces and nephews. This one has its roots in a legend. Lying in the shadows, a legend waits for the afternoon sun. On a summer evening, out of Mt. Hosmer’s … [Read more...]
It is a special gift to be invited to link my words to the arts of the sculptor, the painter, the photographer, the musician. Here are some examples of these collaborations.
Basil got news of his illness--Total Systems Atrophy--more than two years ago, and since then he has slowly been losing the functions of his body and his mind. I will write about my brother, but for the moment I want to celebrate him by making public all the songs I have that he's written, … [Read more...]
Skimmilk Farm, an abandoned colonial-era dairy farm in Southern New Hampshire became the summer home of the late Boston/New Hampshire poet Jean Pedrick Kefferstan (1923-2006) and her family in the 1950s. In time it also became a Monday morning mecca for poets and writers for over 30 summers. Mondays … [Read more...]
Another Percent for Arts grant allowed me to collaborate with painter Katherine Doyle, putting words in her canvas depicting a tranquil mountain landscape. It hangs in the reception area of the Rockingham County Courthouse. She wanted both her painting and the poem to impart a sense of calm in what … [Read more...]
Local artist Diane St Jean illustrated my poem on a panel of the fence that surrounds our new playground. Night Swim in Scruton Pond Mars floats upside down in the midnight pond as though the lacquered sky tipped by our angle of vision let slide that one planet while the stars … [Read more...]
In 1985, the sculptor Emile Birch won a competition, sponsored by the League of NH Craftsmen and NH State Parks and funded by Percent for Arts, to design a sculpture celebrating the 50th anniversary of Sunapee State Park. "Sunapee Mandala" incorporates the poem I wrote in collaboration with … [Read more...]