|The Stradivarius Poems
A novella in the ancient Sufi tradition of
storytelling, The Stradivarius Poems adopts a contemporary form to lament the
fragile nature of human love. In this touching story looking deeply at the human
condition, we are also given a somewhat ironic study of the illusory comfort we
occasionally search for in the arts themselves.
The narrative unfolds with a certain mystery through
the eyes of Ilya Firkin, a painter whose love for his former wife Laura, lost to him
twice, once in divorce and once in death, keeps him hovering on a critically delicate
point of balance in his sorrow.
The concluding section of weeping lyrics, which
gives the book its title, tells one side of the story, yet there is a final stoic
nobility in Ilya's labored reconciliation with his years of haunting grief. This brief
tale of love and death all wrapped up in the arts will resonate sympathetically for
everyone who has ever, like Ilya, loved and lost.
COVER ART: Kassem Amoudi
THE SUFI PRESS