Zoland Books, Paperback, 9781581952162, 176pp.
Publication Date: January 10, 2006
David Shapiro is a pianist-composer who attended Northwestern University and Berklee College of Music. He has written music for theater and television, screenplays, and speeches for major corporations. He met his wife three weeks into college and proposed to her two days later. Now, after twenty-five years, they have four children. After suffering the agonizing loss of his sister to breast cancer, he was driven to write this book. He is a lifelong fanatic Chicago White Sox fan and waits faithfully for their eventual triumph
"Porter's beautiful hymns to light, to friends and family, and to God, "an aeon / Of refining fire." Porter writes what might best be called plainsong: short, unadorned works that, like gospel or folk music, cut directly to the ambiguous heart of things. . . . It is a beautiful book, one in which fans of Virginian Hamilton Adair, Amy Clampitt and James Schuyler (often a guest at the Porter home) will find "That secret other poetry / Which never will be written." — Publishers Weekly