Poetry and artwork - Henry Denander

On a Slow Boat to Piraeus

Pig Ear Press | Oct 16, 2018

Pig Ear Press, which produced my last book "Glenn Gould Never Came to Nice" has now started work in earnest on my next book. 40-plus poems printed Letterpress using handset type in the workshop of Pete Lally on the island of Gozo, Malta. His progress can be followed here:


"On a Slow Boat to Piraeus" will include poems about jazz and donkeys and life on a small Greek island, all seen through the eyes of a retired beancounter...

Miller & Katsimbalis

Stampsheet | Oct 8, 2018 | Comments: 1

A mailart stampsheet with my painting of Henry Miller and the poet Katsimbalis visiting the painter Ghikas on Hydra in 1939.

I made this painting after reading Henry Miller's wonderful book "The Colossus of Maroussi", where he tells about this visit to Greece. Henry Miller's best book, I think.

This stampsheet was sent out to my mailart circles but I have a few left.

Sun Ra

Sep 29, 2018

Sun Ra (born Herman Poole Blount (1914 – 1993), jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, poet.

Watercolor, pen,
Size of painting 18x25 cm (7x10")

Hydra abstract

Sep 25, 2018

Just back from two really wonderful weeks on a small Greek island, took a break from my jazz portraits and made some abstracts, I don't have a title for this and maybe the 8 is actually an eternity sign.

"Standing Eternity"
Watercolor, ink, pen, collage, mixed media
27x35 cm (11x14")

Standing Eternity

Pharoah Sanders

Sep 17, 2018

Here's a new watercolor painting of Pharoah Sanders, the great tenor saxophonist from Little Rock, Arkansas. Saxophonist Ornette Coleman once described him as "probably the best tenor player in the world". 

Size of painting 18x25 cm (7x10").

New poem

File under Jazz | Sep 12, 2018


Nat Birchall

His name was new to me but I bought his latest album after 
reading a good review. 

Read the whole poem here