I just received my copy of Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln: A Commemorative Collage, created by members of the National League of American Pen Women. The 252-page hardcover book is fascinating to glance through.
Our sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln, is considered from a variety of perspectives in work written by Pen Women from different parts of the country. My poem, "Mr. Lincoln, Did You Hear?," was created from childhood experiences when I lived and played near Civil War battlefields in Fredericksburg,VA. This poem evokes memories of old houses with cannonballs embedded in the walls, grave sites in ancient cemeteries and bloodstained floors in an old school building.
Three of my paintings including "Will There Be Peace Anywhere?" are part of the book. "Will There Be Peace?" is a universal theme that crosses the centuries.
The inaugural launch of Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln will be Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Pen Arts Building, 1300 Seventeenth St. NW in Washington, DC.