"STILL WATER" is a collection of poems in prose embodying the themes of Earth, Water, Air, and Fire that is set amid a series of short interviews Art Garfunkel gave in the 1980s about his career, life, and approach to music and living. I read it in little more than an hour.
The value of "Still Water" is that it gave me a more rounded view of Art Garfunkel as a world famous singer, writer, actor, and human being. As someone who has been a diarist since adolescence, I was intrigued to view Garfunkel from different perspectives as he travelled through France, the UK, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Japan, the U.S.A., Tahiti, a music studio in Montserrat (British West Indies), on transoceanic voyages by freighter, and in the Soviet Union pre-Gorbachev, sharing his musings with the reader. One of which in particular made a very deep impression on me:
'Writing is often a first line and a sense
of where it's going; something you've
thought about all your life that finally
crystallized for you."
Read "Still Water" if you're in need of a quiet moment for self-reflection.