I was fortunate in being asked to travel to Taos and join with a number of other poets to celebrate the life and work of the late Taos-based artist Bill Rane at the Rane Gallery, admirably run by his wife, Judith. The event, “Reflections on RANE,” took place on Saturday, September 22, in the Gallery itself. Each of the poets had picked a painting of Bill’s to write about—or from—or around! Anyway, the exchange of impressions was exhilarating, not least because the fine poets involved proved to be equally wonderful as people and artists.
The readers were (in order of performance):
A couple of poets—Hallie Rane and Jim Ciletti—were unable to attend, but their poems (like the poems of those who did read) were framed and hung on the gallery walls beside the paintings that inspired them.
Many thanks to everyone involved for an entirely luminous experience!