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2002 Poster: The Same Pub Warmth that


Item#: 2002SYR13

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11x17-inches, printed on heavy weight (100-pound) Hammermill cover paper. We package each print with a piece of chipboard in a clear plastic sleeve.

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An information page with photos of the artist and poet, and hand-written comments from each.

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Poem Inspiration Location

The Same Pub Warmth that

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The same pub warmth that
Melted the slush I stepped in
Will help me forget!

I came to the States from England. There's really no pub in Syracuse like the pubs we have in England. The pubs there are very different.

Traditionally they were meant to be more like someone's living room. They would have tables, rather than a bar. I like a place that has wooden tables. If I was to choose my favorite, I would have to say there would be a fire burning. And good beer—what Americans would think of as lukewarm English beer. And friends. Those are the elements, I think, that make up a good pub.

The poem struck me as bartender's wisdom, like a little nugget of truth. I just imagined this guy walking into the bar. He's kind of, like, this soggy mess and hopeless. And the bartender's, like, “Buck up, it'll be OK.”

The rest of the image comes from different places. Like the colors—
I usually get colors from things I see, from things that pop out. The man's jacket—
that's pretty much my jacket. It's an old, ugly yellow jacket. But I love the color, so I use it in as many things as I can.

Maybe because of Syracuse, I'm getting to like these really pale, washed out colors—
this cloudy day pallet. Bright colors are just too abrasive. They almost hurt.