Simonides is a collaboration between the poet Robert Crawford and the photographer and printmaker Norman McBeath. The work features black and white photographs paired with Scots (and English) translations
Selected poems, from Session
Joanna Katzen is a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music. During the course of her studies, she took writing classes in which she discovered nonsense poetry, a form made famous by Lewis Carroll, among others.
A mother’s tongue / forges sounds into syllables / blowing gently on the sparks / of recognition, traveling / from attentive ears to amazed eyes,
The moon is only good for hanging hats. / It’s lost whatever magic songs it played / And now it’s just a night-light for the rats. /
A girl with lips the color / Of raspberry sorbet / Takes a drag of her last cigarette, / Or so she says. /
The colored air that we breathe / Ricochets from the waves / Of a stained glass sea. /
A woman in a burgundy trench coat, / felted black hat, feather topped, / harboring a thick Boston accent / meets you on the Linden Path. /
A place, though visible, is like a ghost \ of memories. Even memories one forgets \ linger in the space in which they occurred. \ Here within the expanse of vaulted ceilings, \ ...
Although it’s quite dark now, the city \ invites me to look for you. The people \ disappear, for the most part, into homes \ ...