For Camille Claudel

The Scarecrow February (Birth) edition just came out in PDF format!

I’m happy to have discovered the wonderful online publication The ScarecrowMany thanks to the editor for taking my poem inspired by a play I saw about the artist Camille Claudel. The Winnipesaukee Playhouse in Meredith, New Hampshire put on “The Waltz” back in September, and I was shocked and awed by the little known life of Camille Claudel, a master sculpture artist. She suffered later in life, unable to escape the shadow of her mentor, the most famous master sculptor, Auguste Rodin.

the light plays
with the master’s eyes
her marble torso

© Tom Sacramona

Please check out my tribute to Camille Claudel & to the wonderful play put on by the Winnipesaukee Playhouse, today the featured poem on The Scarecrow!

february, 2017

Thanks so much, John Martone!


Click on the links below to read

otata 14 (February 2017)

— and from otata’s bookshelf —

David Miller — From Late to Early


Otata will come again
one day
late fall in the mountains

— Santoka as translated by Burton Watson

Otata mo aru hi wa kite kureru yama no aki fukaku

As Watson notes, “Otata was a woman who went around selling fish in the area of Santoka’s cottage in Matsuyama.”


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—John Martone

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