259[aloha-donblanding] Re: The Fire
- Feb 3, 2000Jerry, this is a great insight into DB, and coming from your mom that knew
him, lends more credibility to the interpretation of his poetry and the
importance of sequencing the small amount of personal information we have
about him which might lead us to a better understanding of what he wrote. I
think it is also important to review the other artistic talent he had and
when certain aspects of it developed. He was multi-faceted, not just a poet.
When did he start with Vernon Kilns, did he develop all of the ceramic
designs himself? Why did he stop? Where did all of his art go? Who has it?
Did his artwork influence his poetry or just the opposite? In some
instances, did he see his poetry and first created it for visual effects or
did he sit down at that ole' typewriter and bang away and then visualize the
art? Why did he mainly go into black/white brush work and not color? I know
he did some color but it is rarely discussed or mentioned. Was it not good?
I understood he did a an early TV program, what was it? His radio
chronicles are well known to us but I don't know the format. Was it just
poetry readings or did he do commentary, interviews, etc?
This is the part of Don Blanding we need to reveal. Keith, this is really
your speciality. You have a talent that most of us don't possess (I, for
one). For the past 3 years, I have been "collecting" various pieces of
artwork, books with special phrases, letters, cards, etc.. My collection is
small but growing. My goal was to bring DB to life as best I could as I
thought it would make him appear more real to us. I also thought that
whatever book came out about him, it could use pictures, images, letters from
the real DB, not just interpretations of what we thought he was. Much of
what I am presenting is presently revealing itself, though too slowly for me.
I think that DB's life is one of interest, intrigue, humor, adventure (of
sorts) and a real connection to each community that he resided in. Rarely,
do we see one person that has such an effect in whatever community he resided
in. He brought that community to life with his art, poetry and presence.
That to me is the sign of truely influencial man. A loved personality at
best. If he moved into my town today, he would be in the newpaper, on radio,
the local lecture circuit and probably doing some fund raiser for me on the
side.......enough....lots to accomplish here........off to work this
morning...last note: When I phoned Carmel Library system of info on DB,
there was not hesitation, they knew him and really got excited about the
prospect of a book about him....."its about time, someone did a book on
him",I was told. Here 50+ years later, he lives.....in Carmel...
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