An article from the Spring 2015 issue of Sacred Heart Magazine. Please turn to pages 24-25 after clicking here.
- Manchester Community College. April 14, 2016
- Lithuanian Folk Dance Festival, Baltimore, Maryland: Poetry Evening. July 2, 2016
- Wallingford Public Library, Wallingford, Connecticut. “Red Stones and The Relationship of Paintings and Poems.” July 14, 2016
- Sacred Heart University, November 10, 2016. “Worlds Imagined: Co-relations Between Art and Poetry.” Exhibition Opening, in conjunction with Literary Spotlight. University Art Gallery.
- Sacred Heart University, February 1, 2017, 4 p.m. University Art Gallery . Book Launch: St. Brigid’s Well.
- Watermark, Bridgeport. March 7, 2017, 3 p.m. “St. Brigid’s Well and the Poetry of Place.”
- New Britain Museum of American Art, March 9, 2017, 5:30 p.m. “Red Stones and The Relationship Between Poetry and Painting.”
- Yale University. Pierson College Common Room. June 2, 2017, 9:30 p.m.
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An article about the launch of St. Brigid’s Well on February 1, 2017, in The Spectrum at Sacred Heart University. Click here.
There is description here, but there is also action — not just describing a place as an outside observer but of making a place by being in it. Describing, founding, representing, exploring, containing — and defying containment as the dance of poetry is inclined to do — defines this remarkable poem. Steven Schroeder
“Red Stones’s collaborative effort sees Jonas Zdanys’s precision of language in these twelve-line lyric poems contrasting with the textural abstractions of Steven Schroeder’s paintings. Zdanys, a celebrated bilingual poet who writes in as well as translates from the Lithuanian, navigates from the physical to the philosophical in these short poems that leave the reader always hungry for the next one to begin.” –World Literature Today, Nota Benes, September 2016
“This synchronistic collaboration by poet Jonas Zdanys with poet and painter Steven Schroeder and printer and designer Regina Schroeder is a triumph. The poems in Red Stones are as apparently effortless as they are highly achieved, especially with such lines and images as those of an angel whose footprints resemble porcelain. Rilke would not have only appreciated that, but we can imagine him smiling, serenely. Steven Schroeder’s watercolors bring quite an astonishing and uncanny resonance to the poems themselves. Regina Schroeder’s contribution of aesthetic design is also very apparent, as well as there being an ostensible harmony of these three artists accomplishing a highly desirable result of a book well wrought, lavishly illustrated, and beautifully rendered. Few books of contemporary poetry are graced with such beneficence. This is one of them.”
— Wally Swist, author of Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love (Southern Illinois University Press, 2012) and Invocation (Lamar University Literary Press, 2015). The original link is here.
“Cormorants…is a beautifully written, incantatory and meditative evocation of life, both of the human and natural worlds, and of light, darkness, time, infinity and transcendence. It is seamlessly unified, and “hymnal” in the spareness and musicality of its language. A masterful work, indeed. The beauty of the writing is perfectly complemented by the excellence and sensitivity of Regina Schroeder’s vision and handiwork.”
–Larry D. Thomas, 2008 Texas Poet Laureate
The Kingfisher’s Reign (Chicago: Virtual Artists Collective 2012)
“The predominant tone of his work is elegiac. He yearns…for an evasive permanency. Anguish for communion permeates much of the poetry – the longing for recovery, the allure of distant memory, the echoes and resonances of an earlier time. The poems reveal a searching intelligence, melancholy, aching for a new integrity. They are as much love poems as nature poems, reminiscent of the best of Rainer Maria Rilke and Peter Levi, sometimes playful, sometimes fantastical, sometimes the stuff of dreams. Zdanys’ poems drink generously from the wells of Impressionism and the luminous density of philosophy. These are difficult poems – evocative, tantalizing, embedded in their own mystery. And they invite us into a world of shifting memory and Proustian wonder. Tough. But worth it.”
–Michael Higgins, Canadaeast.com/Telegraph-Journal
“Zdanys joins words into unexpectedly meaningful formations in which the philosophical thought overshadows the beginning of the feeling. His poetry is intellectual and speaks of the beginning of the beginnings of the mortal,… a world of mirages where the contours of the visible world disappear… The crossing of the border is dangerous: the subject approaches the philosophical state of nothingness, but cannot experience it to the end, because he is alive and living. Yet, while he is alive, the human has the right to be unfinished. This is the state of being ‘in the doorway’ and the key to his poetry.”
-The Vilnius Review