Fierce Fossils

predator rorschach s

life has been troubled
jaws and sharp teeth
collected in death

An hourglass poem, from Jane Dougherty’s challenge this week.

As usual, I have explanations for both the art and the words.

I was looking for a collage I thought I had started in my “ideas” bin, which is full of things I thought about and did a little bit to start (so I didn’t forget about the idea), with the intent to go back and complete them at some future date.  It’s full, needless to say, as I have many more thoughts than I have time to realize them.

I didn’t find the collage, but I found about 15 “Rorschachs” that I’ve been doing for awhile with leftover paint.  Most of them need a lot of fleshing out–I was mostly thinking of stitching over them–but this one stood out for me as being complete in itself.  Found Art, really, as all I did was drip the leftover colors onto the paper and fold it to see what would happen.  Looks like a predator to me…of course, you may see something different…

Since the art was “found”, I constructed the poem in a “found” method I’ve used before.  I looked for an article on predators online, pulled out words and phrases I liked, and mashed them together in the syllable sequence Jane suggested.  The article I used (“What was Earth’s first predator and when did it live?” by Colin Barras) was quite interesting, so I also learned a bit while I was borrowing words.  You can read it here.

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40 responses to “Fierce Fossils”

  1. Laura (Createarteveryday) says :

    I see a giraffe with German shepherd ears! 💜 Love the way you went about this! You make writing poetry this way seem much easier than it is.

    • memadtwo says :

      It’s like anything else, the more you do it, the easier it gets. As you know!
      Many people seem to see giraffe-dog hybrids…Rorschach is so interesting that way.

  2. Michael Richards (certainline) says :

    Fascinating! Thanks for sharing the process.

  3. Claudia McGill says :

    I like the whole process. Found art, and also the poetry. Reminds me of collage poetry I do except yours was shuffled around in your head, you didn’t cut up the book. I love these ideas, and I love your exploring nature and what you made of – scraps! that others might have tossed.

    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks Claudia. You know you are a constant inspiration to Nina and me! I like that we have our own ways of exploring the same ideas.
      I was thinking this morning I hate to discard anything, I always think I can make something else from it…

      • Claudia McGill says :

        Yes. I know that feeling. And also that sometimes a project needs to rest for a while and then later it suddenly seems to have regained momentum and can be made into something. But it has to have that little vacation thing. I don’t know why it is but it happens to me a lot.

      • memadtwo says :

        That is true, a vacation is a great description. For both the project and the creator. Sometimes an idea gets tired, too, and needs time and space for possible revival.

  4. merrildsmith says :

    I love the poem and the entire process. I think my own “idea bin,” is mostly in my brain. I love your mix of art, poetry, and natural science.

    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks Merril. I find everything interesting, and also how the way things that seem on the surface very different can connect.
      Holding ideas in your mind certainly takes up less space! but my brain is too disorganized…at least with the bin I have something physical to remind me. And also my memory was never very good.

  5. Jodi says :

    You so fascinate me with your creativity! Thanks so much for sharing every day. 👍

  6. Jane Dougherty says :

    Exactly what Claudia said. All those discarded treasures that you retrieve and gift with a second lease of life, beautiful.

  7. Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash) says :

    Great poem and I love how the image turned out!! It’s really fascinating…definitely a predator… and totally cool effect!!

  8. Teresa Robeson says :

    I, too, found your process fascinating! And, like Laura, I saw a giraffe with dog ears instead. LOL! Very creative!

  9. Sharon Mann says :

    Thank you Kerfe for your process explanation. It’s always interesting to know the behind the scenes thought process. I’m inspired.

  10. Lynz Real Cooking says :

    I really find this interesting, always something different!

  11. Elusive Trope says :

    Maybe the predator article was a little too much for my brain without a first cup of coffee finished, but incredibly fascinating, both from an evolutionary science point of view and from the perspective of what we think when we hear “predator,” which is true for so many words.

    A truly creative approach to the poetic form Jane Dougherty has offered. Worked perfectly. As well as a companion piece to the Rorschach. I have to say I first saw a giraffe like creature, but that is the beauty of a Rorschach, in a way taking a poem down to its most simplistic non-word form.

    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks Doug. The article does have a totally different perspective, which was one thing I liked about it. Always good to look at the world a little differently.
      Interestingly, even after so many people saw a giraffe, I still have a hard time projecting that image into it. Not sure what that says about me! maybe I don’t want to know…

  12. Sunshine Jansen says :

    Strange things make me happy, but I was having kind of a bad day until I read that article; that thing is packed with stuff I didn’t know before! I see you opted not to work “anomalocaridid” into your poem; probably wise. ^_^ Oh, and I definitely see some kind of alien predator with spider eyes, and hyena ears…

    • memadtwo says :

      Alien predators! I like that image.
      “Anomalocaridid” definitely has more than 5 syllables, so wouldn’t work for this poetic form. But the article was filled with great strange words, wasn’t it? And I would never even have considered that point of view. One of the good sides to the internet…

  13. artandmoondreams says :

    The pairing is perfect. Love the way the poem and image work together…and love the image, a bit skeletal, a bit of a faded image where ears and whiskers might have been…it has a “life” feel to it, past and present sort of thing. Beautifully done.

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