a Flower. Poems by Cranston Stroup. Sixteen
watercolors by Jeff Chapman-Crane. Edited
and introduced by Richard Cartwright Austin.
Hand-set type and hand-fed iron letterpress
printing. Sixty-six pages, six by nine inches.
Hardbound with three-quarter cloth and gold
stamping. Limited edition of 500 copies, each
numbered and autographed. Order here.
Below is a typical page spread
from Give God a Flower. The open book is
twelve inches wide, nine inches high. For a larger
watercolor image, click
O God, for fire that burns upon
And lights that dance with shadows on the wall;
For crannies out of which the crickets call,
And fragile flowers this Spring; and trees whose
Cannot be told, for mysteries of birth
When light and green spring fresh from out the
Of death; for mountains strong and tall;
And all the beauty of Thy living earth;
We thank Thee, Lord.
And if, O God, there be
A wounded, songless bird, a homeless mouse;
A troubled heart, a frail or anguished mind;
A suffering child, a twisted broken tree
Within the perfect beauty of Thy house,
O Lord, be very merciful, be kind!
Distributed exclusively by
Creekside Press, this book is Dick Austin's tribute
to his uncle, Cranston Stroup (pronounced "Strowp"),
whose brilliant career was cut short at age 30 by brain
Jeff Chapman-Crane illustrates
Cranston's poems with sixteen beautiful watercolors
on floral and natural themes, sketched on the same California
landscape where Cranston worked during the late 1920's,
his productive years.
Gray Zeits of Larkspur Press,
a master of his craft, hand-set the type and hand-feed
heavy eggshell paper through a traditional iron letterpress
to achieve a deep printing impression rarely seen today.
David McFarlane of McGrafX
placed watercolors on these pages using the highest
quality digital reproduction. A "lupine" watercolor
graces the hard cover which is three-quarter bound in
cloth and gold-stamped. The book itself is a work of
Of the sixteen original
most have been sold but several are still available
from the artist. Paintings and books will tour nationally
in the Spring of 2003.
This edition is limited to
500 copies, each numbered and autographed. More poems
by Cranston Stroup will be published in a subsequent
book, East of Cleveland, but Give God a Flower will
remain a collector's item.
To read another poem by
Cranston Stroup and to view the illustrations that accompany
it, please click here.
To learn more about the
artist, Jeff-Chapman Crane, to view his watercolors, or to contact the artist at his
Valley of the Winds Art Gallery, please click
For the complete text
of "The Birth of God," Cranston Stroup's epic
poem, please click here.