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Inspirations: Lore and Legends

There is just something about the violin family that inspires romantic poetry, stories and legends. Every once in awhile I run across something I want to share.

These are some of my favorites:

Father's Business by Victor Walter
A story, originally published in the New England Review, Spring/Summer 1991. Used with permission.
Brightwood, poem by R. T. Smith.
A wonderful evocation of making a fiddle.
On Playing the Habeneck Strad, poem by Guy Gallo.
Yes. This is exactly how it feels to hold, to play a legend. Thank you, Guy.
The Fiddler of Dooney, poem by W. B. Yeats.
A poem which has entered the folksong repertoire.
The Old Figurehead Carver, poem by Hiram Cody.
A lovely poem recently set to music.


The nature of creative writing on the web is such that works are constantly being put, up, taken down, or moved. The following are external links. If a link doesn't work, please let me know.

Poems by Well-Known Poets. (external link)
This is a wonderful collection, assembled by contralto Karen Mercedes.
Poems by Lesser-Known Poets. (external link)
Another collection assembled by Karen Mercedes.


Lost items: I liked these, but the links no longer work. If anyone can tell me how I can contact the authors, please let me know; I'd like to get permission to either host them or link to them.

Bad Cello, poem by Marianne Boruch.
A delightful poem. Joy in serendipity.
I have found a number of nice poems on Poetry Daily, but they only keep poems up for a limited amount of time.


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