Michael Mazur: Entrances and Exits and The Pathways Through
By Christopher Busa
Michael and Gail Mazur first appeared in our pages in 1990, when Provincetown Arts published “Common Ground: A Collaboration,” featuring four poems by Gail and two spreads of Michael’s intertwining monotypes, connecting paired poems with surrounding foliage, as if the poems appeared in successive windows looking out upon a garden. The Mazurs, who had recently purchased a house in Provincetown, had been, for many years, spending summers in Mashpee, overlooking Wakeby Pond, the largest body of fresh water on Cape Cod. Gail’s poems spoke of the pain of departure from a beloved place, which yet retained the radiant and soothing memory of “two lives, lived side by side, sharing a sense of place, inhabiting common ground.” Michael made the Wakeby series as a commission from MIT in 1983. Because experience always “takes place” in a location, events are etched into settings, and here Michael and I spoke at a table in my office with two windows offering a view of the same bay we shared.
Originally published in Provincetown Arts, volume 23 annual issue 2008-2009. Download a PDF version of the article.