A Poetry of Stone: An Informal History


by A.E. Maslen and Joshua Moffat Burkholder


In Poetry of Stone, An Informal History, A.E. Maslen invites her audience to “travel with us as we take a personal journey admiring out stone heritage.” The author investigates Westport’s geologic history from earth’s formation, to continental drift, to how stones are born, to who built those cairns scattered throughout Westport. She asks whether Native Americans built stone walls before the Colonists arrived and where stone supplies were found. She enjoys celebrating Westport’s early and contemporary stone wall builders.

Affection for Westport’s historians coupled with the saying “It is believed to be,” leads Maslen on a tour of contemporary Westporters sharing their stories.

Scattered throughout the text is Maslen’s informal poetry written with a wink and a love. She says, “Please do not labor over this modern poetry. I am just playing with words.”

The sixty plus elegant color photographs by Joshua Moffat Burkholder illustrate and enliven the beauty of Westport as they support the text and the poetry.