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Earthsongs Book Release Party: Poetry reading & signing
April 23, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Join us as we celebrate Earth Day with “Earthsongs”, a new book of poetry & art featuring a collaboration between friends Robert Eugene Perry & Ferol Smith.
Signed copies will be available for purchase.
This collaboration with my artist friend Ferol was absolutely a labor of love. In discussing the sketches that would accompany the poems, she intuitively grasped the meaning of the words and translated them into sublime images. She needed very little direction from me.
It was almost as if the synchronicity of the project was palpable to both of us. Her sketches added a new dimension to my own perception of my poems. This has been one of the most rewarding artistic experiences of my life.
When Bob first approached me about this project, I was intrigued. Normally, my art requires creatively rendering a visual scene. For this project, it would involve interpreting the written word.
At first, it was a challenge to read a poem and conceptualize a complementary nature scene. However, once I started to really grasp the essence of his words, the process became much easier. His poems inspired me to reach within, and as a result I gained a deeper appreciation and understanding of his work.