Paumanok: Poems and Pictures of Long Island

Many months ago, Kathaleen Donnelly approached me about using five of my photos in a book she was compiling about Long Island.  I was happy to oblige, and arranged to provide her with some images I took locally.  Some time passed and I forgot about the project all together.  Just the other day I got a pleasant surprise with an e-vite from Kathaleen to celebrate the book's release at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington.  I headed over, got my free copy of the book, and was very pleased with its quality.  It's hardcover, heavy, and filled with beautiful photography and poetry.  Yet, nothing could have prepared me for the feeling I got when I saw my photo below next to a poem written by the great poet Walt Whitman!  I think his words are rather inspiring.  Check it out below:

 

Inscriptions: Song of Myself #46 

I know I have the best of time and space, and was never measured and

      never will be measured.

I tramp a perpetual journey, (come listen all!)

My signs are a rain-proof coat, good shoes, and a staff cut from the woods,

No friend of mine takes his ease in my chair,

I have no chair, no church, no philosophy,

I lead no man to a dinner-table, library, exchange,

But each man and each woman of you I lead upon a knoll,

My left hand hooking you round the waist,

My right hand pointing to landscapes of continents and the public road.

 

Not I, not anyone else can travel that road for you,

You must travel it for yourself.

 

It is not far, it is within reach,

Perhaps you have been on it since you were born and did not know,

Perhaps it is everywhere on water and on land.

 

-Walt Whitman

 

The book features work by many other excellent photographers and poets.  It was published by Cross-Cultural Communications in New York, and is available now at amazon.com