What began as a travel journal for my Alban Pilgrimage to Scotland, Ireland and France during the summer of 2013 to learn about my roots continues as travel stories, images, insights, and things that move me into new vistas physically and metaphysically.
The mix of poetry, events, exhibits and contemporary architecture make this one of the most unusual art treasures in North America. In 2012, I attended the Poetry off the Page symposium in Tucson, Arizona. Words were danced, exhibited as objects, filmed, acted, injected in new media and played with in ways that even the ancient bards would be inspired. Poetry is best live.
I wrote this in Cody, Wyoming in the autumn of 2009 in the courtyard of the Buffalo Bill Museum. Visiting Wyoming always quickens my sense of belonging, not only through family stories, but also the big open vistas of sky and earth bring perspective and continuity in my life. I have a photo of my grandmother Maude McCoy riding horseback with Buffalo Bill not far from where this poem was written. The art project that inspired this poem was ‘seeking grandmother’. I found her here through the land, the light and smells of the season and the sense of adventure. Ched Miller liked the poem and as a gift recorded it.