Friday, April 27, 2018

Beauty beyond Reason

This little book is a monumental accomplishment for me.

The first half of the book consists of the lyrics for a song cycle celebrating performance dance.  The song cycle will eventually be performed as a ballet chanté.  Works are underway for a short production in the Fall of 2018 in Brooklyn, New York.

The second half of the book consists of poems spanning 20 years of my ongoing celebration of dance through poetry.

The book's blue cover alludes to the setting of George Balanchine's iconic ballet, Serenade, which is also celebrated in the book with one of my sonnets.

- for George Balanchine

Mr. B sits at the tip of the wing,
he knows the piece, he knows what to expect,
there is always the inevitable misstep,
his interest now is watching the audience.
Behind the curtains, he knows the routine,
choice dancers of the corps, the trembling breath,
then the salve of the soothing release
and from this calm the strings begin to sing.
With an ethereal blue the curtain lifts
and the dancers - standing, enchanting,
after years reaching for the impossible -
touch the divine with their fingertips.
Then a whispered phrase as smooth as a pearl,
"Now, my dears, you may dance before the world."

The back cover includes an addition poem and a photo by Daniel Leventhal from 2018.

This year I also established my own independent press - Dendritic Path Press. Beauty beyond Reason is my first publication under my own imprint.

The press' logo is:

The Path I take is the path I create.

Copies may be purchased on Amazon: Beauty Beyond Reason or visit me at my bookstand in Manhattan for an autographed copy!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

New Release! Fortune: Poems and Libretti

My 5th book of poetry is now available. The book is composed of 16 new poems plus 2 libretti. I had so much fun with Letters to Zoey, I have decided to begin composing more works for musical theater.

The poems in the collection are almost entirely sonnets. One exception is a villanelle, the eponymous poem - Fortune. Another exception is a 16 line poem that some may considered a "run-on sonnet." There is also a nontraditional form of a ballad celebrating dance

The first libretto, Discounter, is a tragic comedy depicting a mattress sales person. The second, On the Stage of Every Day, is an amusing and insightful libretto about a poet selling his books on the streets of New York City.

The "Look Inside" feature from Amazon should be available soon. For now, I have a sample poem "Jester" posted on my website.

The book is an extremely ironic expression, although hopefully not in a heavy handed manner. The individual compositions often make intricately corresponding statements within the work.

Please check the book out and tell others. I will have the book available on my bookstand within a couple of weeks.

Listing on Amazon

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Letters to Zoey, Video Clip

New Video!  

John Chatterton/MITF Spring 2016 

Letters to Zoey
written and performed by
Garrett Buhl Robinson



Wednesday March 23, 6 PM
Friday March 25, 8 PM
Sunday March 27, 2 PM

Jewel Box Theater
312 W. 36th Street
New York, NY

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Letters to Zoey at the Midtown International Theatre Festival - Spring 2016

Tickets are $20
Three Shows:
Wednesday March 23 6 PM
Friday March 25 8 PM
Sunday March 27 2 PM

312 W. 36th Street
New York, NY

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Christmas Tree Song at New Year

Yesterday I was everything.

They found me in a dark stand and circled around me with cheers.

They brushed the shivering snow from my verdant fir and stood me up in their home.

They adorned me with ornaments and strung lights from my outstretched limbs.

They set presents before me, gifts wrapped in beautiful paper, tied with velvet ribbons and knotted in glorious bows.

They crowned me with a sparkling star and gathered around me with mirth and merriment.

Then one morning they rushed up to me and tore the presents open and turned away with all their attention devoted to what had been concealed inside.

Then, with the gathered wrapping and packaging, they tossed me outside.

Yesterday I was everything.

Now I am nothing.

Garrett Buhl Robinson
© 1/12/16