Poster Image

2004 Poster: Polished Wood and Brass


Item#: 2004SYR10

Purchase Details

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.

You also receive…

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

Medium- and large-format posters are available by custom order. Contact us for details.

Poem Inspiration Location

Polished Wood and Brass

poster information


Polished wood and brass,
The Oriental carpets
Hotel Syracuse

We stayed at the Hotel Syracuse last April, during the big ice storm. We live in the country, in Oswego County, and had no power or water, because of the storm.

Our daughter, Katie—a trombonist with the 315 All Stars—had a gig in Syracuse. So we booked a room at the hotel, so she could get ready. It was such a warm atmosphere—very hospitable!

And despite the adversity of the ice storm, it ended up being a kind of vacation. We went to the SU Final Four games at the Dome—along with thousands of excited, screaming fans. Sunday mass at the Cathedral, walking to dinner at The Mission. What could have been a hardship became a happy memory for our family!

My parents came up my freshman year for parents' weekend and we staid at the Hotel Syracuse. It's a beautiful and classic building, with huge windows and chandeliers, and beautiful columns and carpeting. It's a gem for Syracuse to have.

For the illustration, I went back, and asked if I could take some reference photographs. I took tons, because there were so many beautiful compositions. There was actually a wedding about to go on. So I took pictures as people greeted their guests.

I was just playing around with different angles. I found this angle interesting, where you're looking into the hotel, anticipating entering, seeing what the hotel has to offer. And I like the anonymity of the figures in the painting. You almost don't notice them.