Father & three sons in a sailboat,
mind’s eyes in four directions
until drawn in to a rope turned line
by his word & the bay beneath us.
Difference between a knot & tangle
is the knot will hold & easily untie. Tangles
can't be trusted or undone. He began
to work the line. You should know
the bowline. I watched, waiting my turn,
his son turned father turned son.
One gesture looped & threaded
the free-end, like a card trick.
We all test the knot, eager to learn something
useful, something that proves itself, that lasts.
- Poem from Weather-Eye by Peter Vanderberg
Whenever we get a chance to take our father’s boat out onto the bay, he always advises us to “keep a weather-eye.” In simplest terms, he means for us to stay aware of the sky and tides and wind, as they can change quickly on the water and get you into trouble. We always take our father’s advice on the water, and now we are turning this advice into the guiding principle and title of our first collaborative work.
Weather-Eye is a book of poems, drawings and paintings by two brothers from Long Island. James (the artist) and Peter (the poet) grew up on the south shore, spending their summers working at the family business and exploring the waters and beaches of the Great South Bay.
After many travels, education and varied pursuits, we have both returned to our native shores with renewed interest in this place and the personal resonance it holds for us.
This book is the result of our collaborative efforts to document, through our respective arts, the practice of a deepening awareness of the physical and metaphysical environments we grew up in.
Please help us to make this idea into a real thing. We have the work, what we need is your help to get this project launched! We are asking for funding to print copies of our book and to finance a reading and exhibition tour. The money will go toward production costs, printing, binding and distribution. Once the book is launched in early summer, we will take it on the road for readings and events from Brooklyn to Montauk Point!
- (50 days)