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 The Castro Art Walk is every first Thursday.

The Castro Art Walk is every first Thursday.

Spark Arts is hosting an evening reception for Rob Nilsson.

Music provided by Frank's Funk Band.


Auden says of Yeats, “mad Ireland hurt him into poetry.”  Nilsson was born the year Yeats died and says that his affinity for this great poet’s work influenced  him in all the mediums he has mastered.  While gaining  recognition as a filmmaker (winner of the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for NORTHERN LIGHTS and the Grand Prize at the Sundance Film Festival for HEAT AND SUNLIGHT) Nilsson has continued to pursue his first love.  “Hurt into poetry” as a graduate of Tamalpais High School, an undergraduate at Harvard, and later a resident of Fernando Po, an island off the coast of the Cameroon , his poetry continues to flow as a mediation between inner and outer worlds. 

FROM A REFUGEE OF TRISTAN DA CUNHA is a collection of poems taken from all phases of his life.  Nilsson says:  “The People of Tristan da Cunha, the most remote inhabited archipelago on earth, left their island in 1961 when a long dormant volcano exploded and buried their land in a paroxysm of molten lava.  Exiled in Britain, speaking an archaic version of English, they were unable to adjust, and eventually returned to their barren island in the South Atlantic.  Their exodus, out and back, serves as the starting point for this exploration of a life in song.  It if is useful to you, all it asks in return is a farewell embrace, a wave down at the end in the road, and headlights disappearing into the unknown.”