This short poem which doubles as an elegant art book of relief prints is based on an actual event that took place at our family beach on the small island of Guam. Fishing one bright sunny morning, my two dogs Keeta and Thor took off into the jungle disappearing for hours. By day's end they were finally found deep in the forest, tired and thirsty with bloody paws from scampering up and down the jagged limestone cliffs. As I nursed them back to health the following two days, I could only imagine what adventure had befallen them. This could be their story as well as mine.
Ric R. Castro is a native Chamorro raised on the island of Guam. Currently associate professor of art at the University of Guam, he is primarily known for his paintings but also does printmaking and stone carving. Castro studied at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh (associate degree in specialized technology) where he won Best in Show his final year; the University of Pennsylvania (bachelor of fine arts); and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (master of fine arts), where he received a Ware Travel Award to experience art in France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. The recipient of other numerous awards, he has exhibited his paintings and prints in the continental United States as well as Japan, Tahiti, and the Philippines.