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Kings, Queens, Knaves, Fairies


Item#: 2017SYR15

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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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Kings, Queens, Knaves, Fairies

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Kings, Queens, Knaves, Fairies,
Betrayals, ill—starred lovers.
Shakespeare in the Park

I'm not really a poet. I'm retired and have been writing poetry for 10-12 years, both haiku and longer poems. I enjoy reading poetry, Billy Collins, Robert Frost, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Maya Angelou, among others.

I always enjoy going to Thornden Park in the summertime watching performances of Shakespeare, sitting on the grassy knoll, shaded by the trees, absorbed in the action.

It's great to be close to the stage observing the players and talking with them after the show is over.

I think Shakespeare is still relevant. The plays are timeless, speaking to us today on issues of politics, betrayal, love, social issues, giving us insight and guidance as we confront the challenges of today

One of the things I like to do in my illustration work is play with characters. When I saw the poem was about Shakespeare in the Park, I realized I could have fun with them. I like walking through Thornden Park when the roses are in bloom, which made this poem a perfect opportunity to illustrate these elements I really love.

The poster took a lot of time and patience. I started out doing research for costume designs, traditional Shakespeare characters, and popular plays. I then went to Thornden and took many pictures of the amphitheater.

I haven't taken a lot of literary classes in Syracuse, but I really enjoy Shakespeare's wit. I'll probably read some more of his plays when I have more time.