Five Years of String Poet
This year marks the five-year anniversary of the founding of String Poet, the online journal of poetry and music. I founded it in 2010 as both an online journal and a New York Times-reviewed performance series. String Poet is a journal of excellent poetry that includes sound files of music by the Featured Musician in every issue. Our performance series brings fine musicians together with prominent poets at the Long Island Violin Shop, where the wooden bodies of cellos and violins surround us and a kind of magic is born. The best music can be called poetic and the best poetry is musical. Both provide desert bread.
In String Poet Volume IV, Issue 2, Meredith Bergman has created a visual prayer. Look at how this image poignantly captures the stigmata of pain experienced by so many on that September day in 2001. Listen to the sumptuously haunting music of Featured Musician Shem Guibbory in Volume II, Issue 2. And then, in that spirit, read the beautiful poetry of Gladys Henderson in Volume IV, Issue 1. The same ache captured in Bergmann’s sculpture is echoed in Guibbory’s resonance, and braided into the longing within Henderson’s words.