Dan Shanahan and Jim Eisenstock. Jim's son Alan was one of Danny's high school friends. Alan now writes books, and Jim is active in the "Fun with Writing" group on Monday afternoons at the Holyoke Senior Center. (See separate album of Fun with Writing photos.) Three of us from that writing group came to this poetry reading.
"The Poetry of Work: the work of poetry..."
Dan was born on Nonotuck St, Holyoke. His mother, Libby Shanahan, was the first neighbor I met when I moved to Nonotuck Street in 1995. I love Danny's poems about Nonotuck Street, including "Rag Man."
In this video, Dan talks about two old men on Nonotuck street, and reads a poem about his time with them.
A short video: Dan Shanahan reading "The Woman of Aniak" from his Alaska Poems (published in 1995).
The Poetry of Work. Dan described working as a welder on this huge vessel.
Video of Dan reading his Rag Man poem. I first heard this poem (an earlier version of it) when Dan read it at Wistariahurst Museum many years ago. I was astonished to learn that a horse-drawn cart had been in use on Nonotuck Street (my new home; Danny's childhood home) as recently as the late 1950's. For text, see next image...
Broadside of "Rag Man" poem -- one of my favorites.
We watched a video of Dan at the Connecticut River reading what he had written there about mists. He then re-read the poem for us.
Dan shared his broadside of the long poem about the Holyoke Public Library with Mark Gadboury, who has been this library's custodian since 1980.