In 1963, Art spoke to ‘Outdoor Indiana’ magazine, a publication of the Indiana Department of Conservation, about what inspired the Official State Poem. He wrote of walking the same ground as Hoosier author Gene Stratton-Porter. The magazine printed the poem inside the back cover of its October 1963 issue, with commentary by the poet on the facing page. An excerpt:

Since my boyhood days I have roamed the same woods, fields, and swamplands, that Gene Stratton-Porter loved so well. The natural beauty that inspired the “Bird Woman” is yet inspiring to me.

As an Indiana poet, it is my dedication to promote the cause of conservation, the appreciation of poetry and nature, and the works of other Indiana poets.

The Ephemera page has been updated with a copy of the original article.