I composed the poem, “Diamond Time,” to honor my sister Carol’s 70th birthday on October 27. Thinking that it might look good made into a broadside (a type of poster) suitable for framing, I visited Firecracker Press on Cherokee Street in St. Louis. Matty Kleinberg, the shop manager, came up with a design. I could hardly wait for the work to be finished. When Matty called, saying that the broadside was ready, I nearly flew over the Mississippi River. The result is the image to the left—its dimensions about 8 ½ inches wide by 19 inches tall. Needless to say, I was delighted with the outcome! And what’s more important, my sister called today expressing her pleasure. Happy birthday to a beautiful woman! And if any of you who are reading this blog happen to be in St. Louis, stop in at 2838 Cherokee Street to see all the staff’s wonderful creations just exploding off the walls and out the door!
Visit their website at www.firecrackerpress.com. I can’t wait to have some business cards printed.