Prior to his near-death experience, he was already bored with the persona of the “Poet/Broker.” A fan of Federico Garcia Lorca, Rosenthal began to work with poems carrying lunar motifs in urban landscapes. Survival of a harrowing near-death experience in the Mojave Desert in 2010 has deepened this imagistic writer’s divorce from practicality in the direction of spiritual exploration.
THE DESERT HAT
The book consists of 36 poems organized in four sections, reflecting the distinct stages in the spiritual and personal journey, from getting off track, through searching for a way back, through hallucinations in a hostile desert environment, finding shelter in the shade of Salvation Canyon, to being rescued and experiencing the world after the return from the brink of death. The title alludes to a canvas hat that Rosenthal used as a notebook and helped the lost poet control his thoughts, capture emotions, and write down his last will and a farewell to his wife and daughter. The 12 illustrations include photos of the famous hat. The Desert Hat was published in October 2013 by Moonrise Press: www.moonrisepress.com/desert.
~ Ruth Nolan. Professor of English @ College of the Desert, California desert poet, writer, editor, conservationist & scholar
VISUAL INTERPRETATIONS OF MUSIC
Dobay's most recent project is creating music videos with artistic interpretations of scenes and characters from Italian opera (La Traviata, Madame Butterfly, Pagliacci) and Hungarian music. She calls the technique used in these visual poems "image integration" - because of their "integrated" quality, with photographs of paintings transformed into digital art and photographs of real life scenes transformed into abstract images by adding shapes and colors. Ms. Dobay will present two of her Visual Interpretations of Music. Her artistic credo may be summarized in the following statement: "Although I derive inspiration from various sources- e.g.., music, nature, the human condition- I try to find the balance between mind and spirit. My goal is to involve viewers in a creative game where both the mind and the heart are stimulated."
LA TRAVIATA http://youtu.be/HGFTQBJX6XA
Madama BUTTERFLY http://youtu.be/-IHDZsLzdpA
Magyar REQUIEM http://youtu.be/XU8y7IKL5E4