Well what do you know, an envelope with life changing artwork by David Stafford arrived in my postbox today. It was in response to my last letter concerning the 57th step.

the front cover of my proposed epic Gothic poetry book.

reverse side with alternate book covers

I don't know how David does it, but he creates creative, witty mailart and has got me thinking of a few creative possibilities while having fun. Go David! I think I will have a stab at writing a poetry collection for this cover.

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Comment by taidgh on May 1, 2013 at 4:46pm

DVS you are right about The 57th Step alluding to "The 39 Steps". Also a tiny reference to the seventeen steps that led to Sherlock Holmes' Baker Street apartment. You are quite astute. I was also thinking about the 108 steps that some Buddhist temples have.

Now I am going to write a poetry collection based on the cover and the many ideas that I have. Kind of like prose poetry me thinks. I have to write it first though! DK those fairy gardens are stunning. Yep my leprechaun friends are tending to give away some of my secrets these days.  Shame on them!

Comment by DKeys on May 1, 2013 at 1:39pm

p.s. I know this because Taidgh has many leprechaun friends who live here

Comment by DKeys on May 1, 2013 at 1:38pm

the 57th step refers to a walkway in a fairy garden

Comment by De Villo Sloan on May 1, 2013 at 1:24pm

First, you know I tend to read too much into things BUT this recent Staffordshire masterpiece sent me hunting in pursuit of some vague memory. I venture to ask:

Is "The 57th Step" an allusion to Alfred Hitchcock's "The 39 Steps"?


The famed 17 steps that led to Sherlock Holmes' Baker Street apartment?

and, if you hold the cover to the mirror you can distinctly read:

"Dovetail the cranberry sauce; Paul is the raccoon, miss 'm, miss 'im."

Comment by DKeys on April 30, 2013 at 7:11pm

With all that good Irish beer I can see why Taidgh. David is a great storyteller and I much prefer the realities he comes up with to the real thing. Maybe we should all live in David's head

Comment by taidgh on April 30, 2013 at 4:50am

I don't know how the 57th step came about, but i pretended I was someone, remind me David. The scenario was David was working on this lady's garden and he built the steps leading down to the beautiful flower garden. Shock, horror he only made 56 steps instead of the contracted 57 steps. So I pretended I was a woman and wrote a letter. So this is David's response or thought on the 57 steps. I must admit I was probably drinking a bit at the time I came up with such an idea. The best ideas come when I am drinking.

Comment by DKeys on April 29, 2013 at 7:36pm

love it--now I MUST know what is so significant about the 57th step!

Comment by David Stafford on April 29, 2013 at 3:46pm

You're welcome and I do hope you think about a book...that was my aim....


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