Poems, Paintings & Stuff
Journey along the way with your walking stick and a box of paints
“A long and winding road” the Beatles sang, but this "Road Map" is a poetic journey through an American Artist's life well-lived. With a keen eye for wisdom, wit, and historically hilarious self-portraits illustrating his travels, you'll want to grab a walking stick and join Kēvin for a globe-trekking adventure from African Safari to the old family farm. You'll have a good time.
"In a world of daily headlines that are gut-wrenching, it is amazing to read the beauty of the incidental,” exclaims Hugh Merrill. “The capturing of an inner journey which an artist must take." The Beatles sang about a "long and winding road," but this "Road Map" is "a poetic journey through an American Artist's life well-lived,” declares Dr. Alice Hixson. With a keen eye for wisdom, wit, and historically hilarious self-portraits illustrating his travels, you'll want to grab a walking stick and join Kēvin for a globe-trekking adventure around the world from African Safari to the old family farm. You'll have a rollicking good time.
--Hugh Merrill, Artist, Lecturer, Poet
"Road Map reminds me of conversations I've enjoyed with Kevin. The images set in nature are delightful, yet I return to my favorites: a quick, elegant hummingbird in "The Visitor," and "Reflections While at Work" autumn's fallen leaves remind me of life's uncertainties. "White Room," captures an inner journey which an artist must take, and "Things I told my Boys," captures the tender pride of being a father. Original art also sets the tone for this engaging, fun book. Whether our path is through the wide world or familiar backyard, there are reminders throughout this collection of fleeting opportunities to see the beauty surrounding us and perhaps add a bit through our own creations. I hope you enjoy it as I have."
Jan Rog, Professor & Poetē
Kevin Callahan is an award-winning writer, poet, painter, sculptor, and photographer. His writings include a novel, Morris’ Code, and two anthologies of creative non-fiction, A Prairie Wind Blowing Through My Head, a collection about his youth on an Iowa farm, and Day Remembered, stories of from his years in the field pursuing upland game. His fictional Chinese Checkers Run is an exciting adventure story of flight and pursuit and his Poems from Exurbia, Collected Works (2014-2019) takes us on a loving journey of Callahan's inner and worldly travels.
He has a BFA from Drake University, has done post-grad work at San Francisco Art Institute, with Larry Abramson, and at The Ox-Bow School, Art Institute Chicago, and Phil Hanson/Michelle Grabner. He has studied at Drake University and both the Chicago and San Francisco Art Institutes. His collections have been exhibited throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.
Kēvin is an “accidental poet” who often finds his poem topics in the everyday activities of yard work or romantic remembrances of a long and happy marriage. He maintains a studio and gallery, the Elegant Line, in Parkville, MO, where he resides with his wife, Karen. His two grown sons are both accomplished artists. You can find more of Kēvin's artworkat