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Help us create a Poetry Walk through the woods in North Carolina: poems and banners evoking the words and images of legendary artists.
A Poetry Walk through the woods in North Carolina: poems and banners evoking the words and images of legendary artists.
A Poetry Walk through the woods in North Carolina: poems and banners evoking the words and images of legendary artists.
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Woodland Banners Poetry Walk

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Woodland Banners Poetry Walk is an adventure we want to launch on our land in Saxapahaw, North Carolina. I live there in the woods with artist Steven Durland, who (thanks to a previous successful Kickstarter campaign) has turned the forest into an art gallery with his Woodland Banners hanging in the trees.

A map of the Woodland Banner installation in our woods
A map of the Woodland Banner installation in our woods


Some of the banners recall the styles and techniques of famous artists, and he has named them for those artists:

"Leaves After Siqueiros"
"Leaves After Siqueiros"
"Leaves After Cezanne"
"Leaves After Cezanne"

I got interested in reading what these artists had to say. I found that their words were often as powerful as their images, so much so that they sounded like poetry to me. With a bit of reshaping on my part, the artists’ quotes became poems. I have created a suite of these poems to accompany Steve’s banners, using the artists’ actual words. Here's a bit of Picasso:

...To draw
you have to close your eyes and sing.
Inspiration does exist, but it has to find you working.
Life’s meaning is to find your gift.
Its purpose is to give it all away.
Give me a museum and I’ll fill it....

"Leaves After Picasso"
"Leaves After Picasso"

For this project we want to raise the funds to print the poems on trail markers and post them along the banner path in our forest. Visitors will follow the path - viewing the banners and reading the poems – up the hill to Steve’s yurt studio, which he calls Bourbon, Dogs & Art (after the three things he loves best). The yurt will be wrapped a colorful new banner bearing poetry fragments.

The yurt studio with its present wrap
The yurt studio with its present wrap

Finally, the project will be remembered in a full-color paperback book, and a limited-edition hardcover book. The book is among the gifts we are offering those who donate to this project.

A mock-up of the book "Woodland Banner Poetry"
A mock-up of the book "Woodland Banner Poetry"

Steve and I have collaborated on a number of creative ventures, all of which have been successful and lived for decades. They include the international quarterly High Performance magazine, the 18th Street Arts Center and Highways Performance Space & Gallery in Santa Monica, the Community Arts Network on the Internet and the nonprofit arts organization Art in the Public Interest. Those projects were devoted to the work of many artists across the world. This year we’re so excited to be creating something of our own.

We only need a little help from you to realize this adventure. We so appreciate your donations. And we'd love to have you join us on the Woodland Banner Poetry Walk.

Risks and challenges

The Woodland Banners are already in place in the woods. The poems have been written. Printing the poems on trail markers and creating the book employ skills we already have and fabricators we trust. We don't see any obstacles other than funding.

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    You will receive our thanks, your name displayed in the yurt gallery, and a color greeting card (with envelope) displaying one of the banners and its poem.

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    In addition to a greeting card, you will receive an eBook version of the Woodland Banners Poetry book (readable on any computer, smart phone or tablet), displaying each banner and its poem.

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    Along with a card, you will receive a signed copy of the paperback book, Woodland Banners Poetry.

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    In addition to the card and paperback book, you will receive the banner image of your choice printed on archival paper (11”x15”), plus its poem printed on aluminum (12”x12”).

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    Along with your card you will receive the limited edition hardcover book and a mini-banner (32”x44”) of your choice, plus its poem on aluminum (12”x12”).

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    In addition to the card and the hardcover book, you will receive the full-size banner of your choice (48”x66”) and its poem on aluminum (12”x12”).

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