Art of Poetry Exhibition

Thursday 23rd April was World Book Day & the start of 'The Art of Poetry' exhibition at Obsidian Art, Stoke Manderville, Bucks. To mark the World Book Day event, the exhibition opened with an evening of poetry reading, showcasing the poems that had inspired the exhibited art.

The Fisherman sculpture, inspired by the poem of the same name by Abbie Farwell Brown, has been given a great place in the gallery, at the end of the central corridor & therefore visible as visitors walked through the gallery.

Below is the poem on which the sculpture is based. Originally written as a children’s poem, is describes the life of a fisherman, showing how one’s profession becomes such a large part of a person’s life.

The Fisherman (by Abbie Farwell Brown 1871 – 1927)

The fisherman goes out at dawn
When every one's abed,
And from the bottom of the sea
Draws up his daily bread.

His life is strange ; half on the shore
And half upon the sea --
Not quite a fish, and yet not quite
The same as you and me.

The fisherman has curious eyes ;
They make you feel so queer,
As if they had seen many things
Of wonder and of fear.

They're like the sea on foggy days, --
Not gray, nor yet quite blue ;
They 're like the wondrous tales he tells
Not quite -- yet maybe -- true.

He knows so much of boats and tides,
Of winds and clouds and sky !
But when I tell of city things,
He sniffs and shuts one eye !


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