The Studio Books

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Designed for pleasure, to inform and delight; Studio Books are artistically crafted in prose and in verse, classic in style, traditional in theme.  Each Studio Book participates in the Great Conversation of Western Civilization, that family gathering of Homer, King David, Hesiod and others whose words are put to letter, read through the centuries from writer to reader: sincerely from me to you.

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Appleseed’s Progress

Small, lean-muscled, quick and restless; long of beard and hair; the eye, black sparkling; barefoot, cloaked in a burlap sack; tin pot and animal skin hatted; in doctrine, a Swedenborgian; in practice, a primitive Christian, moral and blameless; a settler of open spaces; neighbor to streams and loamy places; planter of trees, trader of seeds; missionary: Johnny Appleseed prepared the spirited wilds for civilization; a wilderness voice proclaiming, “prepare ye the way”.

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Bee Bee Verses

A tribute, a poesy, a bouquet beautifully petal’d, sweet, alike honey, a golden home for Bee-Bee in poetry.

Here, a book for she of the silvery wings, of rose-thorns, weeds, and flowers wild from which she has flown away to who-knows-where without-a-care in the world, leaving behind lusty, loving verses, prayers and delicious remembrance.

Listen…now you may read, may hear the honey-sweet words and enjoy the poetry of love.

* This is a book of romance and adventure, sometimes erotic, ill-seasoned to delicate readers.

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Bunyan’s Chores: The Labors of Paul Bunyan

This timber-tale is composed alike movie-writers do, so that you can make the picture move in your mind, at wherever place you might be or might like to be, doing whatever you do or might like to do; myself, I like my movie with popcorn, stale popcorn, you know, when the butter soaks-in and it gets to be soft and scrumptious; then, in the slow, boring parts, when my brain goes to sleep, me and my mouth can have a good time until the action starts-up again; yet, you might like your popcorn hot and fresh and greasy, if so, enjoy it as you like it.

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Our Classical Heritage

Classical design formed our nation’s capital. The soaring Washington Monument, the columns of the Lincoln Memorial and the spectacular dome of the Capitol Building speak to the founders’ comprehensive vision of our federal city. Learn about the L’Enfant and McMillan plans for Washington, D.C., and how those designs are reflected in two hundred years of monuments, museums and representative government. View the statues of our Founding Fathers with the eye of a sculptor and gain insight into the criticism and controversies of modern additions to Washington’s monumental structure. Author Michael Curtis guides this tour of the heart of the District of Columbia.

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Book II of “Colloquies: A Review of Civilization in Little Songs”

Stroll the streets of Rome, see the colorful, magnificent sights, the sounds and songs of Romans, the characters, the cad, the prig, the beauty, the noble lad, the patrician and the pleb as we enjoy the holiday, the calendar of ancient, Latin festival.  Listen-in to chatter, the talk, the secrets, the opinions, the chit-chat of Romans in war, in orgy, in the Senate House, and at home in prayer, in familial affection.  Become again Roman, rediscover your civil and cultural heritage so long hidden in shadow: see in reading a Rome garrulous in grandeur, friendly to a visitor alike you, alike me.

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Lives of the Saints, the Sacraments, the Way of Christ; God the Father, His Creation, the Universe, Man, that Creature part Beast, part Angel, in Soul, Divine, in Action, a Sinner, Redeemed by Love.  Here, for your Consideration, Our Confession: 73 sonnets, hagiography, biography, commentary, lovely illustrations, 106 pages.

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Book IV of “Colloquies: A Review of Civilization in Little Songs”

The events and persons of Europe from the Renaissance through the Enlightenment; kings and commons, sinners and saints, the sacred and secular, the Arts, the Sciences, the events of plan and of accident are spoken of and by great persons and persons of no account in virtue or in vice.


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Perhaps you know the story of a sculptor who from cold stone carved a woman perfect in form, in shape and minute detail.  No?  Well…it was like this: In ancient Cyprus, home of the beautiful, terrible Aphrodite, the sculptor, Pygmalion, created a statue of the perfect woman, Galatea, whom he desperately, impossibly loved; the rest is history, a history which you might read in Ovid’s Latin telling, or here in spirited, subtle English verse, Galatea: The Statue Comes to Life.

Here, in the Galatea, be sensually warmed by the Aegean sun, rest in the arms of foam-born Aphrodite, breathe free of Progressive tyranny of opinion, move free of the Modern corset, be Classive, be good, be beautiful, be true, and you will be at home in the body of your imagination, some three-thousand years ago.

* This book concerns aesthetics, the sensual propagation of art, it is erotic, not suitable to delicate readers.

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Occasional Poetry

How to Write Poems for Any Occasion.  A Guide to Versification, with Helpful Tips, Advice, Examples.

Poetry lives in humankind,  in all of we who inherit the gift of language, of knowledge, of understanding in words. This course of twenty-two, neat lectures will introduce you to the poet in yourself; this course will introduce you to other poets who can lend examples, precedent of verse for occasion, the occasions of birth, of romance, of wedding, of achievement, anniversary, founding, dedication, of memorial and of eulogy, each and all of the events, the occasions which create in life meaning worthy of remembrance.

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Volume I of Broken Rhyme

A book of fable, myth and history lyrically spoken by a pinhead spirit, a she, a sphinx, and miscellany of Hellenes.

118 pages; 81 verses; 4 illustrations

While sitting on a pinhead / Stuck in an angel’s wing / Pulling through a silver thread / I tapped my head to think,

I tapped again, to no avail / It seems I have forgot / The answer to the riddle / If not, then what?

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The Priapeia

Argument of the Book:

Some have guessed that I was gathered from around Priapos’ feet, of verses scrawled, of lines graffitied, and from inscriptions neat;

others suppose I was composed by Maeceans’ clever fellows when toasting P. in meter’d verse for bookish wit to show;

many perceive the evidence of a fancy pedigree from Martial, Ovid, Juv, Catullus, and Virgil in composing me.

Most recently my pages swell, tailing on Sir Richard Burton, as here by Curtis I’m augmented, and shortened, I’m certain.

Yet, to the point, it matters not what ere the learned source is, so long as you do practice well the lesson of my courses.


* This book is an English translation of Latin; it is erotic, not suitable to delicate readers.

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Sama the Prince

Sama, “Samalon”, son of Apollon, son of Atalon for whom Atlantis is named.  Seven hundred years after the volcano that destroyed the kingdom of Atalon (Atlantis) the island was refounded by Theras, son of Austesion, descendant of the hero Cadmus; it is from Theras that the island receives its name, Thera.  Our story occurs before the age of heroes during the age of demigods, Apollon being the human manifestation of the divine Apollo.  Archeological evidence suggests trade between the Doric-Ionian cultures (the Seafarers, as named by the Egyptians) of the Aegean Sea and the Americas; D.N.A. gives evidence that several American Indian societies have a Mediterranean ancestry.  It is likely that the towns of Akrotiri and Knossos share a common culture.  The jealous eruption of Kaptara scatters the Atlantians and civilizes the Western world.   Our story tells the history of Prince Samalon and the remarkable Aiyana, daughter of Kubaba.

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To Learn and to Know
In Pleasure and Delight
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Learn step-by-step, through numerous examples, the techniques of poetry both classical and contemporary. Author Michael Curtis sympathetically guides the reader into the art and the craft of writing poems for any occasion.

Why write?  To inform and delight.  Why write poetry?  To inform and delight meaningfully, beautifully.  This book was composed for you, for your benefit, your emolument, your pleasure.   I wish you the best words, words worthy of inheritance, worthy of poetic art, and I wish to share with you, craft.

Michael Curtis

Classical sculptor, architect, poet, and author

Michael Curtis has taught and lectured at universities, colleges, and museums including The Institute of Classical Architecture, The Center for Creative Studies, and The National Gallery of Art;

his pictures and statues are housed in over 300 private and public collections including The Library of Congress, The National Portrait Gallery, and The Supreme Court;

he has made statues of presidents, generals, Supreme Court Justices, captains of industry and national heroes, including General Eisenhower and Justice Thurgood Marshall;

his relief and medals are especially fine, they include, among others, presidents Truman and Reagan, Justice John Marshall, George Washington, and, his History of Texas, containing over one-hundred figures, is the largest, American relief sculpture of the Twentieth Century;

his buildings, houses, monuments and memorials are found coast-to-coast;

and then, his plays, essays, verse and translations have been published in over 30 journals (Trinacria, Society of Classical Poets, Expansive Poetry, et cetera), and his most recent book, Occasional Poetry: How to Write Poems for Any Occasion is  available through The Studio Books.

Bee-Bee Verses 1993 - 2020 In Memoriam

Bee-Bee Verses; 1993 - 2020; including lyric, "Like a Fish", dedications, et cetera

Coming December 1, Pandora Beyond Hope: Libretto I, "The Aestheticon"

Libretto II, Galatea, can be found on this site