21 Photographs ~ Poems

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I was born in Greenwich Village, New York City, but raised, mostly, by my grandparents in Woodstock, a small town in the Catskill mountains. Midway through sophomore year at Hamilton College, an inner voice said, "Get out!" It seemed crazy, but I knew it was the right thing to do. A fraternity brother told me I'd have no trouble finding work on the shrimp boats in Key West.
I hitchhiked south. In Key West, I walked to the harbor and asked for a job on the first boat I found that had anyone on board. The captain said, "Shrimp season's over, kid."
I think he felt sorry for me. He pointed to a rusty shrimper across the water. "He might take you." I picked up my bag and ran around to the other jetty, arriving just as the boat began to pull away. A man on deck was doing something with a cable. He wore a sweatshirt and had a two-day growth.
"I'm looking for work," I shouted over the engine.
"You a winch man?"
The winch occupied a large part of the deck, a complicated assembly of giant gears and levers. The strip of water below my feet widened. It was jump or forget it. I had a vision of winching the boat upside down in the Gulf. I shook my head and walked to the Southern Cross Hotel, a wooden building with white peeling paint and a sign declaring, The Southernmost Hotel in the United States.
I wrote it down in a notebook and have been writing ever since. Along the way I served in the Air Force, earned a degree in computer science from the University of Hawaii, married twice, and raised children. The adventures, the loves and betrayals, the teachers, the lessons---they are in my stories and poems, where, like all writers, I have tried to make of my deeper bio something worthwhile.

21 Photographs ~ Poems

Addison Woolley Gallery Exhibition

Authored by John Moncure Wetterau, Victor Romanyshyn

During the winter of 2007-2008, John Moncure Wetterau wrote twenty-one poems based on photographs by Victor Romanyshyn-Maine landscapes, seascapes, birds, and Victor's still life compositions. In John's words:

These poems are attempts to hear voices in silent images. To really see and hear, you have to get small, get yourself out of the way. The prints became like zen koans, the project an unexpected movement toward freedom, poems like footsteps.

The images and poems are presented here in the order written, so that you may share this movement.

Publication Date:
1438239041 / 9781438239040
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.25" x 8.25"
Full Color
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