An Orphic Explanation

Drawn from his notebooks, handcrafted books by Alex Caldiero have been blossoming like wildflowers in a wet spring. There is an open, free, improvised feel to the collections.  That feeling comes, I think, from their being less collection and more the accumulation of thinking/feeling/writing at a given time, the products of intense and concentrated effort, improvisation on paper that matches the freedom and strict form of the best jazz improvisation. These are finished poems, performed live with extraordinary skill.

Two examples from the 2007 Notebook 8 (27 July—28 Sept), titled An Orphic Explanation (click on the image for a larger version):

Scan 2

Scan 3

About Scott Abbott

Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University, 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I'm Director of the Program in Integrated Studies and former Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade), and translations of a book by Austrian author Peter Handke and of a catalogue of an exhibit called "The German Army and Genocide." More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as a watershed scientist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a corrections officer, as university students, and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett and our yellow dog Blue. Some publications at
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