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Monday, December 26, 2016

New Things

I've been neglecting The Petrograph Gallery. Apologies. The second half of 2016 has been all about words, as I've been working on my new book about Wales and the concept of hiraeth,

The Long Field: A Memoir of Wales and the Presence of Absence

It's nearly half written, but will take another year to complete. After 4 years, I'm slowly getting there. To listen to a BBC Radio 4 program about hiraeth, created by Welsh poet Mab Jones, click on this link:

The show features interviews with Welsh writers including my good friend Menna Elfyn (, as well as with me and my partner, Marguerite Harrison.

In the meantime, the Dusk Series has been turning up here and there.

On the cover of jazz drummer Tom Cohen's new album

On the cover of poet July Westhale's first collection of poetry

And featured on the cover and as a photo essay in the brand new, hot off the presses issue of

Thanks, as always, for checking the blog.

And Happy New Year / Blwydden Newydd Da to all!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Dusk Series: Italy

The Dusk Series continues. Marguerite and I were in Perugia and Assisi, in Umbria, Italy, in mid May, and I experimented for the first time with images in a built, rather than natural, environment. It was interesting to realize, as is the case with forests, that dusk falls at different times in cities and towns. A main square will be in daylight at 7 pm, perhaps, but a side alley will have fallen into dusk at 3 pm. "Dusk" is a malleable term.

The transitory tone of the images--the speed and rush of them--well represents the four and a half days we were in Umbria. Moving so fast, the brain doesn't catalogue details; it just holds onto memories of color, movement and form. In that context, the images seem like good analogues for travel itself. Hope you enjoy them...

Friday, April 1, 2016

The Premier of 

Under Paradise Valley

went wonderfully well! I'm so grateful to my brilliant, adventurous, creative
actors and crew for creating two riveting, otherworldly 


Here's a link to the performance...

...and this is an image of the set.

What you won’t see is the introduction, which explains more about the repeated 
phrases you'll hear in the play. During the art installation in 2013, I asked viewers to stand behind windows printed with 18th century gravestone carvings, and hold captions that included lines from epitaphs, poetry, and from a book on New England stone carving. So, if  5 viewers stood behind the window printed with a carving from Phebe Pomeroy’s gravestone and chose the caption that read “Leaves Here Her Dust,” the character of Phebe in the play has to speak the words “Leaves Here Her Dust” five times. I strung all the choices together to create the play, and added dialogue to have it (mostly) make sense.


A page from the graphic novel -- this is what the play looks like in print.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Announcing the premier of 

Under Paradise Valley


my play / performance piece / art installation which will be performed at Smith College on 24-25 March, 2016. The piece began as an art installation in 2013 at Historic Northampton Museum. 125 viewers donned a white bib, stepped behind a window printed with a photo of a gravestone carving from Bridge Street Cemetery, chose a caption to hold, and we took their pictures. I thank them for doing that!

Since then I’ve turned their captions into a graphic script—like a graphic novel, only written as a play-- called Under Paradise Valley. The script (or performed installation; I'm not quite sure what it is) will be performed at Smith on Thurs. and Fri., March 24th and 25th, in the Smith College Poetry Center, at 7:30 pm. It is sponsored by the English Department and directed by Mariel Bell, ’16.

The above image is the cover of the graphic script. The image below is a photo from an 18th century gravestone carving from the headstone of Benjamin Edwards, located in Bridge St. Burial Ground in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Come and hear the spirits "under Paradise Valley" speak!