Thursday, August 21, 2008
A Material Voice
Last night I got the key to a new work - it doesn't have a title just yet. It has to do with the intersections between now & the (imagined) time frame extending from 1832 & 1934. My (imaginary - I never met them) grandparents & two other voices, Pete & Charles - who enter the story in slavery - are the 4 quarters of storytelling that I'm going to zone in on.
For now, just to celebrate making a (big) commitment, I'm posting a photo of the document that sealed the deal - and the existence of which is a total mystery of me (HOW could I NOT have remembered seeing this?) - a family copy of a ballad, "The Broken Token" - dated 1923. The "thing" I'm imagining is tethered to certain objects - and this is one of those. Another is my grandfather's tool box - with the tools he used in lathe work and finish carpentry - like this plane.
His name was Daniel Dutton too! And he is (was?) something of a mystery....