Thursday, January 15, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln

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.


BillieJohn said...

Monti...thanks for the update on your Lincoln work, and congratulations!

Sometimes it's easy to forget that Lincoln had and continues to have an important impact on all Americans, not just us here in his home state, and especially us in communities near the places where Lincoln grew to manhood and developed his skills as a lawyer and a statesman.

Here in Taylorville, I am involved with a group planning a big celebration for Lincoln's birthday weekend...the events and displays will take over our courthouse for a couple of days.

Also, you may want to check out This the web page for the Lincoln book from OTP earlier this fall.


Monti said...

Thanks. I went by and took a look. Good luck with Alan Bower's book.

In reading material of the NLAPW web site I was interested to learn that the Pen Arts building in DC has a room dedicated to Vinnie Ream, the only sculptor to model Lincoln from life. Her sculpture stands in the Capitol Rotunda.

My three paintings from the Lincoln book are currently on display at the Pen Arts building and will be there for the inaugural events.

Mary Montague Sikes

Monti said...

I intended to give a link to the Pen Women web site:
which has more about events linked to the Lincoln book.