John Hollander

Notes on "Blue Wine"

Submitted by Rodney Lister on April 27, 2017 - 6:36pm

John Hollander was visiting Saul Steinberg at his studio when he noticed some wine bottles, with home made labels by Steinberg, filled with a blue liquid.  It caused him to write a poem which is a sort of set of variations on the idea of blue wine.  My setting was written for the actress Tammy Grimes.   I can’t remember the exact particulars, but she was involved with a project (which in the end didn’t materialize) which was supposed to set up a sort of repertory theater company in Boston consisting of fancy famous actors, mostly from New York.   Ms.