National Poetry Month

VTPoet

My lovely wife reminds me, and reminds all who don’t already know, that April is National Poetry Month. Celebrate your favorite Vermont poet, whoever that may be, with a hand pulled Vermont Plate block print. Each print signed by the artist, my wife, measures 4″ by 6″ on paper approximately 11″ by 15″, can be easily cut to size and framed. Printed with water based ink in her Vermont kitchen studio. $30 plus shipping. Click here to order or to inquire.

 

 

The Animal Tales! • The Fourteenth of Several Fables

14. Better Idle
A Fable That Follows: One Part Genius

Fox C ~ Fox Gets the Goose (Block Print)All day, the farmer muttered to himself: “If not this then that, not that then this.” Maybe the fox had the right idea: easier to steal chickens than raise them. “Ol’ Jack Smith took a few unwarranted shots at me!” Then he said to himself: “Jack owes me some chickens for that! Aye!” The farmer went that night and stole four of Jack Smith’s chickens. The next morning he slept late and so didn’t notice when Smith’s wife came for advice as to how foil a fox.

When the farmer returned the next night, he soon heard Jack Smith’s wife at the door of the coop. He leapt onto the nearest shelf. “Well, well, well,” she said, “you all look like chickens but I see that one has lost his feathers. Are you ill?” The wife took the chicken by his nose, squeezed until he opened his mouth and poured some castor oil down his throat. “That will help!” she said. Once she left, the wretched farmer staggered out of the chicken coop, coughing and choking. “Such a racket!” said Jack Smith’s wife and she came out of the farmhouse.

When she saw the fat old chicken doubled over in front of the coop, she took a rug beater from the laundry line. “Can’t stand up straight?” she asked. “You need to improve your circulation!” Then she whacked him on the behind with the rug beater. Off he ran, and old Jack Smith’s wife followed him as far as the barnyard fence. “Now you’ll lay a good egg or two!” she called after him. The next morning the farmer sat uncomfortably on the porch. “Will you be hatching any new plans, husband?” his wife asked sweetly.

“Humph!” he answered irritably. “Better idle than ill-employed.”

Block Prints ~ Updated

❧ This has been a long time  in coming. I finally researched the WordPress Gallery feature and have thoroughly updated the Block Prints page (see above). For those of you who have enjoyed my wife’s block prints, a number of new prints have been added and previously viewable block prints have been resurrected. The block print above is of two of my daughters and a friend. She made it as a little something to go along with my poem Ulysses in Burlington Vermont. The two Longboards, by the way, are boards that I made for my daughters. Enjoy.

Block Prints for Sale

My wife’s block prints can be seen, admired and bought, first hand, at Hanover, New Hampshire’s Left Bank Books – my favorite, local used book store.

I’ve asked the store owner to send me their logo and as soon as I have it, I’ll add it to the post. In the meantime, and if you’re in or around Dartmouth College, drop by the bookstore and take a look.  It’s on Main Street, right above the Dirt Cowboy Café.

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