F. D. (Frank) Reeve , poet and novelist, worked on the docks before taking up an academic career. He has published books of poetry, fiction, translations, literary criticism, and libretti, and many essays, articles, stories, poems, reviews, and translations in journals across the country from The Atlantic to The New Yorker and The Sewanee Review, reviewed for the New York Times and the Washington Post, and served as a professor of letters at Wesleyan University, where he was honored for his contributions to teaching. Reeve’s writing has won him an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Golden Rose of the New England Poetry Society, and a D. Lit. from New England College. The Puzzle Master and Other Poems and this year’s novella Nathaniel Purple are his latest books. The present project is the fourth Blue Cat volume: The Blue Cat, The Return of the Bue Cat, The Blue Cat Walks the Earth, The Blue Cat Occupies the Moon. The Cat’s indomitable spirit can be felt in the closing lines of a poem addressed to this year’s school and college graduates to:
Keep promising your parents not to copy them
But to design new dresses with much higher hems
And to fashion Viking warships lighter than the air
To row through outer space when people settle there, Where soon you’ll feel you’re heading as you mount this Sunday’s stage
On your way toward the summit of the coming Golden Age
Frank will be accompanied by Blue Cat buddies painist Joe Deleault and saxophonist Don Davis, a hot jazz duo who’ve recently been playing in New York, writing music for Carly Simon and for Eric Thompson’s films.