Four of my word collages are featured in The Time Issue of the Journal Feral. You can see them here.
My thanks to editor Beth Gordon, and her team Narmadhaa and Amanda McLeod, for featuring my work.
The above collage is from my response to the Kick-About prompt of the work of Saul Bass.
If you follow fate far away to the return of time, understand that the passage into prophecy and myth is final
The serpent grew wings–
emerging from the cosmic egg,
it became a bird.
Embracing the tree of life
and all of spirit’s progeny,
the serpent grew wings.
Beginning as a vast secret
of stars and swirling light
emerging from the cosmic egg
The serpent shed its skin
and imagined miracles.
It became a bird.
The NaPoWriMo prompt today was to write a poem about a mythical person or creature doing something unusual . My response is not exactly on prompt–I took a mythical creature but I reimagined it into hope instead of despair. As Brendan at earthweal says: let’s celebrate radical hope — that hope whose only basis is our faith in the wonder of life and our capacity to embrace it.
The form I used for the poem is the Cascade, one of Muri’s April scavenger hunt poetic prompts. I’d forgotten how much I like it–thanks Muri!
I did not have to look far into my Redon-inspired collages for a mythological subject. The stitched mandala is from my constellation series–this is the Phoenix, first published on Pure Haiku.
Your ashes illume,
cradled beyond day and night –
great is the unknown.
You can find the last of my five Ghostlight poems at Pure Haiku, here.
Thanks again to Freya Pickard and the artist who provided the visual inspiration, Troi David Loy, for sparking so many wonderful poems in response to the Ghostlight theme, and for supporting the writing of poetry.
My fourth haiku in the Ghostlight series is posted on Pure Haiku here.
You can read my 3rd Ghostlight poem at Pure Haiku here.
Once again, thanks to Freya for her support of my work.
You can read my second haiku in the Ghostlight series at Pure Haiku here.
I’m honored to have been chosen by Freya Pickard and the artist who provided inspiration, Troi David Loy, as the featured artist for Pure Haiku’s Ghostlight theme. I’ve responded back with my own collage inspired by the original work for each poem. You can read my first haiku here.
Thanks Freya and Troi!
World spinning dark in trembled night–
morning returns and still no light
except in fiery landscape, stark.
An emptied people, desperate flight
from history’s repeated arc–
in trembled night, world spinning, dark.
This collage was done for the Kick-About prompt inspired by the work of artist John Stezaker. I took Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”, cut it up, and inserted it into works by Monet, Gauguin, Matisse and Homer. This pairing is with one of Monet’s water lilies paintings.
The poem is, like many of the responses to the dverse prompt of the sparrowlet form (introduced to us by Grace), inspired by world events.
And in a bit of serendipity, one of my poems is included in The Ekphrastic Review ebook of responses to Van Gogh’s Starry Night, which you can download here. My thanks to editor Lorette C. Luzajic for her continued support of my work and of Ekphrastic writing.
I wanted to note three recent publications, all a bit strange in the manner of many of my collages.
Two actually were collages, a couple of older ones, one based on one of Jane’s Sunday Strange Microfiction Challenges that for some reason I never posted. You can find them here, in Otoliths.
I also had a poem published in last month’s visual verse, part of the final postings of the month. Thanks to Manja, for letting me know. You can read it here. I’m number 86. Take a look at Manja’s too, number 100.
And a strange poem for a strange painting at The Ekphrastic Review, posted today, here.
Why must we always quantify? 4, 3, 10. Add, subtract, multiply. Divide.
My prose poem, Aggregated, based on a painting by Hilma af Klint, was among those selected as a finalist in The Ekphrastic Review Women Artists contest. You can read the entire poem and see all the finalists here. The three winning selections are here.
also linking to dVerse OLN