Friday, September 30, 2011

The Rain Made a Galaxy (from the journal)

From the poke to the honeysuckle,
Carolina wren warns the others—
the poet has taken up her pen. 9-5-11

In the light
catbird speaks,
makes it all real. 9-13-11

I might be a flower.
The color is right.
Hummingbird holds me in her eye. 9-17-11

In this place
where we are in thought,
sometimes I start a poem
and then someone finishes it. 9-17-11

The rain made a galaxy
out of funnel spider’s
widening web. 9-24-11

The sound that comes
from mourning dove—
that sound—
folds back time,
opens space. 9-27-11

From the east—
moving air and more—
change. 9-29-11

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Poppyrose (the frontispiece)

Lithograph on gampi, 8 x 6"

My recollection is that these were plants I brought to Reston when we moved here from California. The prints for POPPYROSE were printed on my handmade sheets of gampi. I learned Japanese papermaking from Sukey Hughes at an extension course through UCSB. The gampi fibers were soaked, cooked, cleaned, and beaten with a wooden mallet. When I teach kids to make Japanese papers, I always tell them the most important thing is to listen. Do they listen? The one moment of listening is usually followed by many giggles.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Gaviota of the Mind

Lithograph, hand-colored, 15 x 11"

From the series of fourteen lithographs, "Thoughtprints and Footprints: California"

Sunday, September 11, 2011

In Memory

Lithograph with chine colle, 5 1/2 x 7, "Lenny"

Time reflects
into absence
our forever moments,

I met Leonard Taylor's widow and two young daughters at the dedication of the September 11 Memorial at Freedom Grove in Reston, Virginia in May 2002. Taylor and Norma Cruz Kahn, two Reston residents, were on the airplane that hit the Pentagon.

Lenny sometimes rode his bike to work in Arlington.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

September 11 Memorial, Freedom Grove, Reston

Bronze relief on Shenandoah boulder, 8 x 11"

Two Reston residents were on American Airlines Flight 77 that hit the Pentagon, Leonard Taylor and Norma Cruz Kahn. On October 6 Freedom Grove was planted near Brown's Chapel by the community of Reston as a memorial to all those lost on September 11, 2001. The bronze was commissioned by Reston Association and it was dedicated in May 2002.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Barefoot up Sycamore Creek

Lithograph, 12 x 15"

Barefoot up Sycamore Creek,
with the kids,
in the late summer,
unconcerned with snakes.

This print is from the series "Thoughtprints and Footprints: California."