Today's video features work by the late poet and translator Lucien Stryk (1924-2013): "Memo to the Builder" and "You Must Change Your Life". The first is read by Suzanne Stryk and the second by the poet.
Both poems can be found in And Still Birds Sing: New and Collected Poems (Swallow/Ohio University Press, 1998). The text also is at Red Eft Editions' Poetry and Painting blog.
The paintings in the video are by Suzanne Stryk, Lucien Stryk's daughter-in-law. Suzanne's work was featured in my Artist Watch column at Escape Into Life on January 21, 2016.
My thanks to Red Eft Editions, curated by Dan and Suzanne Stryk. Dan Stryk is himself a poet who has published more than a half-dozen collections, most recently Dimming Radiance: Poems and Prose Parables (Wind Publications, 2008) and Solace of the Aging Mare (Mid-America Press, 2008). His poems have appeared in numerous literary periodicals, including AGNI Online, Antioch Review, Ascent, The Cafe Review, Harvard Review Online, The Missouri Review, New England Review, Oxford American, Ploughshares, Poetry, Shenandoah, and Terrain.
Dan's and Suzanne's lovely collaborations as well as guest features are posted to their blog.