Poetry. Drama. Illustrated by Juliane Pieper. "With equally wonderful, vivid and fanciful illustrations by Juliane Pieper to match his wildly mythical texts, much in the vein of the Brothers Grimm, Maurice Sendak and Dr. Seuss, though a bit scarier and meant more for 'grownups,' Howard Pflanzer's new collection of poems and plays has created a world which to some may seem simple on the surface but which actually takes us through the souls of man and beast alike. The short interlocking plays of the book's first ½, using birds and beasts as metaphors, are surreal realities about survival, co-existence and in many cases inevitable collision and collapse. They, like the poems that follow, deal as equally with ecology as they do with the interdependence of species, are here examined through love and appetite, each play a little rhyming fable. The poems, divided into 2 sections, further examine Pflanzer's fascination with birds and suddenly become the equivalence of digital photos (snapshots) displaying up to the moment descriptions of what is happening NOW in places as far-reaching as Tompkins Square Park, Bourbon Street and Baghdad. Pflanzer's is a journey that will keep you riveted, always stirring up your cravings for more"—Steve Dalachinsky.
Howard Pflanzer is a playwright and poet. His plays and musicals have been performed at LaMaMA ETC, Playwrights Horizons, Medicine Show Theatre, Symphony Space, The Living Theatre, Kraine Theater and broadcast over WBAI and WNYC FM. He has received fellowships and commissioning grants from NYFA, ASCAP, The Puffin Foundation and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, as well as a Fulbright award to conduct theatre workshops and direct in India. Playwriting residencies include Fundacion Valparaiso (Spain), VCCA and the Ragdale Foundation. His plays have also been produced in Poland and India. His most recent play, Living with History: Living with History: Camus, Sartre, De Beauvoir, premiered in April 2011 at Medicine Show Theatre. Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA