This week Heidi at my juicy little universe is hosting Poetry Friday. If you want to learn about ghazals this is the place.
I just returned earlier this week from a road trip to Souther California to see family. Today, I rearranged and organized several things before I realized it was Poetry Friday.
This summer I created this found poem and art from an article about Georgia O'Keefe. Since school has begun in many places, it might be a good time share lessons from Georgia O'Keefe.
Lessons from Georgia O’Keefe
observe the world
Watching the light
out the window
The full pale moon
Lavender sky, purple hills
the feeling of space
rise with the sun
take an early walk
Don’t sweat mistakes
something will come
Stay with it
Carve your own path
©jone rush macculloch, 2021
Today Margaret at Reflections on the Teche is hosting Poetry Friday. And we are sharing collaborative posts.I decided to once again participate in SPARK, organized by Amy Souza. ( participated in SPARK 27 with an Inspiration piece and a Response piece).
If you are not familiar with this creative community, please check it out. For times a year, writers, musicians, and visual artists are invited to participate in a 10-day project round. As a participant
you create a new work by using someone’s art, writing or music as inspiration. And you have work with someone you know if you wish.
I put the call out to the group of friends and Margaret responded. She sent me today’s poem and I created a mixed media response. I sent Margaret a photo from the California Redwoods and she wrote a poem for it. She's sharing her response on her blog today.
This is the inspiration from Margaret:
Notes in a Locker
who she wanted to become.
A note dropped into a locker
scribbled in cursive,
curly letters to sign her name.
who she was.
When notes became soggy
tissue floating in the river
buried beneath the flood,
we climbed out on Easter morning.
who she wanted to be.
Her blonde Dorothy Hamill haircut
flirted with the boys
just wanting to be loved.
who she is
daily walking from
cocoon of sleep
into full moon rising,
This was great fun. I will admit to some anxiety of getting it perfect. But I went with my heart and gut. The funny thing is that after reading Margaret’s poem, an image of a red locker came to me. It surprised me upon re-reading her poem that while it said ‘locker’, the word red was nowhere in the poem. I noted these words in Margaret’s poem:
Note scribbled in cursive
Floating on the river
Dorothy Hamill haircut (those of us of a certain age had this haircut, “The Wedge”)
Full moon rising
My process for the mixed media was to create some painted papers. I have my great-grandfather’s letters from the Civil War, 1863 in cursive. I printed them and added paint. The red frame is from a gardening book. While I didn’t have a magazine photo of Dorothy Hamill, I was able to find an image and hide it in the painted papers.
To see them on the SPARK website:
Jone MacCulloch, Inspiration piece and How Do We Stand? By Margaret Simon,
Notes in a Locker By Margaret Simon, Inspiration piece and Jone MacCulloch
SPARK 48 happens in August. It’s a great way to play in art. This is something that I am trying to do more of since retirement.
I have been taking classes in mixed media through Jennifer Chamberlin. She had a two part class, Night Watch. I also committed to sending out three "art poetry postcards" for National Poetry Month. So I combined the two. This week has been the pink supermen which influenced my haiku.
I am laughing at myself because when I shared collage books with students, I always said I would never do collage because of the time. Guess what? I think this extremely relaxing.
Tomorrow: Poetry Friday and Lita Judge will be sharing her thoughts about her new book, THE WISDOM OF TREES.
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