It’s National Library Week: Pieces of a Story

riddle s

“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.  All is riddle, and the key to a riddle is another riddle.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

tell me a riddle
pieces of a story
heckedy peg

altered environments
in the land of no right angles

among the shadows
angels demons and savages
the ear the eye and the arm
thought forms
quilt of souls

to repel ghosts
the tattooed map
the given world
invisible cities
blow the house down

lost in the cosmos
where you’ll find me
life after life

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I finally got around to the NaPoWriMo prompt to do a book spine poem:  look on your bookshelves, write down titles of books, and arrange.  Sometimes people photo the books themselves to make the poem, which I like, but I had a long-unfinished collage that seemed appropriate to my found poem.  A good excuse to complete it.

dubuffet 1s

It’s based on a Jean Dubuffet drawing I saw at the Museum of Modern Art last year.  The show, “Soul of the Underground” contained work from MOMA’s collection:  drawings, prints, paintings, and sculptures.  Dubuffet was not only an artist of the Art Brut style, but he collected and championed what is often referred to as Outsider Art, the art of the untrained and obsessed, of those in psychiatric hospitals and prisons, people living and working outside the aesthetic and cultural norms.

dubuffet 2s

Dubuffet’s highly textured and spontaneous use of unusual materials and techniques, as well as his ambiguous subject matter, is very appealing to me.  His drawings often began as doodles with felt tip pens.  He also made a number of books.

dubuffet 3s

The Emerson quote is courtesy of day 3 of Elusive Trope’s 3-day quote challenge.

And it’s National Bookmobile Day of National Library Week (Charlie at Doodlewash is leading a celebration of the special days of April)…although in my opinion any day and any week is a good time to celebrate books!

dubuffet 5s

You can read more about Jean Dubuffet here.  And see some of the other pieces from the MOMA show here.

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21 responses to “It’s National Library Week: Pieces of a Story”

  1. merrildsmith says :

    Your poem works well with the Emerson quote (great quote). It looks like a fascinating exhibit.

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    • memadtwo says :

      Yes, I think this quote was a good find. It’s hard to see the texture of Dubuffet’s work even in good photos. I’m lucky to be able to see so much good art…although always sad thinking about how much I don’t get a chance to see.

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  2. Jodi says :

    another completely genius piece of art work and thought-provoking words pieced together so poetically. Love the idea of creating it from spines of books on your shelf! wonderful K!

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  3. jessevanwagner says :

    That’s a cool way to come up with a poem, there’s so much potential for variety.

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  4. Sharon Mann says :

    There are so many ways to inspire poetry. I’m learning a lot from your exploration this month. I will enjoy researching Dubuffet.

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  5. memadtwo says :

    Love Dubuffet. I’m sending you a picture of a poster I have here in the office. Great collage, great words.


  6. Teresa Robeson says :

    It’s always the best art lesson here at this blog! I learn so much and it’s all fascinating.

    But your poem reminds me I kind of dropped the ball on writing poetry for the past 7 days. Too many interesting things to do!

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  7. Lynz Real Cooking says :

    you are doing a wonderful job with the poetry! Love this post!

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  8. D.S. says :

    What lovely art and poetry — and you’ve given me some great ideas for creation! Wonderful post 🙂

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  9. artandmoondreams says :

    Lovely feast for the senses. Your collage and book spine poem is fantastic. Adore the Emerson quote, and am intrigued by Dubuffet and his art, thank you for the links. A real treasure trove of a feature, thank you for sharing.

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