The characters in Arthurian Staves are t modern characters: they're late-medieval/early-Renaissance characters (including professional major-league-allstar contact-sport athletes). Arthurian Staves highlights the episodes most gracefully aged from political prisoner Sir Thomas Malory's iconic 500-year-old Le Morte Darthur, spanning the mythic birth and death of King Arthur and featuring Sir Lancelot. The Staves themselves are Sievers staves, the Old English (Beowulf) meter, without the (alliterative) head-rhymes on the head-stave-blank (unrhymed) Sievers staves. They add stern early-medieval diction to, and facilitate upcountry Middle English humor in, Malory's cycle of French Renaissance bedtime stories. The dark and edgy (6-page) beginning and (16-page) ending provide context necessary for the jolly (26-page) romp through paragraphs 6-26 of 40. 48 pages of reading total, and the pages are mostly whitespace. Arthurian Staves seeks to be difficult but t impossible for everyone. Its preface prescribes initial reading at the rate of 1 paragraph per day. It employs gmic narrative devices as brain teasers in a deeply traditional way. Ya gotta read it twice: if you can read my book twice, you're an elite reader; so, if you want to be an elite reader, read my book twice . . . . crazy flow. Arthurian Staves also includes 14 golden-age illustrations w in the public domain, 10 by N.C. Wyeth, 3 by Arthur Rackham and 1 by William Frank Calderon (paperback 81/2x11).
Kent Wittrup began to compose literary poetry in November 1967. He's since practiced in rhymed and blank verse, free and regular meters, including translation from French and Japanese. His ambition at high-school graduation was to become a high-school math teacher, which was the one white-collar thing that he knew he could do. When he graduated from college, his ambition was to become the first American poet to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. So he became an unskilled manual laborer for 5 years, settled into clerical for the duration and now works part-time in retirement. He was a top-3 student in a first graduating class of 300+ at Tates Creek High School in Lexington, Kentucky. He scored an 800 maximum on the Language section of the Graduate Record Exam (ETS #0194308) at the end of his downwardly mobile college matriculation. He took a Masters' worth of courses at Harvard Extension in the '90s without graduating. He's been a substitute teacher in the Lynn (Massachusetts) public high schools since 2011. He was born in Iowa. He's haggled for rugs in Saudi Arabia. He was an artsy denizen of midtown and lower Manhattan for a few years in his late 20s. He's been to Paris twice. And California half a dozen times. With tips of the hat to (b) Bob Dylan and (a) T.S. Eliot, Kent's current ambition is to become Poet Laureate of the United States pretty soon.