Rhetoric

The Kick-About prompt this time around is “The Five Canons of Rhetoric”. My mind glazed over as I read through these rigid and formal ways of organizing communication. Of course the word rhetoric has multiple meanings, the first of which, according to dictionary.com, is “(in writing or speech) the undue use of exaggeration or display; bombast”. Something we all been oversubjected to of late.

What is true of all the definitions is that rhetoric involves the use of language. One synonym given particularly caught my eye: ” balderdash–senseless, stupid, or exaggerated talk or writing; nonsense”. The word nonsense immediately made me think of the surrealists.

The surrealists felt that letting go of the need to control your creation would reveal deeper truths. This was true of both visual and written art. They rejected logic and reason.

I often use surrealistic techniques for both my art and my writing. I’ve been doing rorschach images for awhile–these little cards are done by dripping the leftover paint from my watercolors onto the card and folding it in half. Usually the layers are done in several sessions.

I also compose comments for my images using words and phrases I’ve cut out of magazines and advertisements. I limit myself to what’s contained in one envelope for each card, and often spend quite a long time choosing and arranging them. I call it the collage box oracle, as it’s similar to using magnetic poetry. I was originally inspired by Claudia McGill, who is a master at this technique.

I’m usually surprised by what appears. It always makes me think.

I first scanned in just the images, and then worked on the words. When I went to scan them in, I realized I had changed the orientation of the image in half of them. Another unexpected surprise.

Surrealistic Rhetoric has no pretense to being anything but a random arrangement of words. But somehow it manages to incorporate at least 4 of the classical canons–invention, arrangement, style, and delivery. As to memory–well, canon #7 deals with that.

The Eight Canons of Surrealist Rhetoric

Is there anything more archetypal than nothing?

Space is just energy deconstructing.

You expected evolving to be more complex.

Adventure awaits beyond the details of yourself.

Fools rush into the shadow of the projected image.

I was invented from the earth’s fertile surfaces–
otherwise my unlimited nakedness would be alarming.

My plans are to forget to remember.

There was a window from the start—simple and mysterious–
imagine looking through it to what is hidden between.

answers to questions

answers to questions s

Jude, at Tales Told Different, nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award and asked all his nominees to answer 11 questions.  I thought to do a collage, but then I decided I needed to add a few words…well, the Collage Box Oracle will have her way.  Still, she managed to incorporate most of the questions into her answers.

answers clos up 2s

Here is my list of answers:
horror
1/3 meat
walking
singer
West Side Story
wine
Scotland
blend in
wet
sunrise
cat

answers clos up 1s

You can read the questions here.  And do look at Jude’s writing while you’re there!

somewhere dawn is singing–
she rises walking aquatic
through lochs and isles
inside the sounds of words

become a friend to fear

eat light

drink the dazzling day

 

the unfolding of time

the world between 1s

reimagined eyes 2s

does it explore 3s

light and shadow 4s

matter conjures time 5s

women play 6s

This collage was done in response to a prompt back in March at The Ekphrastic Review.  The painting for the writing challenge was  “The Chess Game” by Sofonisba Anguissola.  My poem wasn’t chosen, but you can see the original painting and read the ones that were here.

I decided to see what the Collage Box Oracle had to say about it.  A bit enigmatic, but then with Crow hanging around, I suppose that’s to be expected.

the world between s

the world between why–
the opening of our reimagined eyes–
and does it explore possibilities?

light and shadow speak plainly in the proper context.
matter conjures time—

women play their parts.

I’m taking a break to spend some R&R with family.  See you the end of the month!