OF STRENGTH AND GRACE: ELEGY FOR LOVE
poetry by Tom Whayne
Tom Whayne and Katherine Wilson met late in life while training to become docents at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art. For twenty-three years, they enjoyed a relationship sustained by immeasurable love and constant companionship, knowing all the while they were "playing the long last game." In 2010, "Kat" suffered a subdural hematoma. Until her death three years later, Whayne wrote poetry, his beautifully crafted words describing moments of love and beauty as well as pain and anguish. Of Strength and Grace: Elegy for Love is the collection of these poems, accompanied by magnificent photographs by Jane Paradise that are candid, sincere, and profound. This beautiful book is a source of strength and grace to anyone who has loved in the face of anguish. Isn't that everyone?
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ISBN: 978-1-941830-96-3 (print, softcover)
Tom Whayne was born in 1924 in Oakland, California. Before and after serving in World War II as a junior officer, he received his education at the University of California, Berkeley; Harvard University Law School; and Stanford University. He spent most of his career teaching drama at Oakland Technical High School in Oakland, California. Among his students over the years were Anita Pointer of the Pointer Sisters; Ted Lange, who played the role of Isaac on the 1980s television series Love Boat; and Patricia Polacco, the prolific, award-winning author of children’s books. Whayne’s love of art led him to become a docent at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and lead tours to museums around the world. For many years, he wrote a column for The Publication, a San Diego art magazine.
Jane Paradise is a photographic artist who lives in both Provincetown, Massachusetts, and San Francisco, California. Her photographs have been exhibited in solo and featured shows at the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, Massachusetts; Gallery Ehva, Provincetown; Galatea Fine Art, Boston, Massachusetts; and the Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas. Internationally, Paradise has shown her work at the International Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography, Argentina and Spain; and the Gallery of Photography, Dublin, Ireland. Her work has been included in numerous group and juried shows, including at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum; Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, Florida; Danforth Art New England Photo Biennial, Framingham, Massachusetts; Cambridge Art Association National Prize Show (Honorable Mention), Cambridge, Massachusetts; Center for Fine Art Photography (juror selection), Fort Collins, Colorado; Worldwide Photo Biennial (honorable mention); and RayKo Gallery, San Francisco, California. Paradise has photographs in the collection of the Southeast Museum of Photography and in many private collections in the United States and Europe. She is represented by Galatea Fine Art in Boston.
"Love at the heart of poet's works," The Coast News (4-7-2015)
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