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Junk Mail Art: Call and Response 6

disappeared stars comp

people disappeared
guided by the stars   shadowed
from the inside out

A collaborative found poem courtesy of Claudia McGill, above left.  My response on the right completes her thought.

You can see all of the call and response pieces here.

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Junk Mail Art: Call and Response 5

casual unpredictable

“Words and magic were in the beginning one and the same thing.”
–Sigmund Freud

invites words conjures magic

Image on the left courtesy of Claudia McGill.  You can see all of the Call and Response group here.

Junk Mail Art: Call and Response 4

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Yes I know…wings again.  You may not see them, but they are waiting for you.

Collaboration #4 with the advice of the wonderful Claudia McGill.

You can see them all here.

Junk Mail Art: Call and Response 3

imagination wings

Birds on the Brain.

Another response to one of Claudia McGill’s comments on life.

You can see the rest of the series here.

Junk Mail Art: Call and Response 2

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Another comment on life inspired by Claudia McGill

I’ve been reading “Imaginary Animals” by Boria Sax, which is a goldmine of ideas, especially for my junk mail art.  The above creature on the right is based on the Iroquois monster Flying Head:  a giant head with wings instead of ears, long tangled hair, sharp teeth, and one set of reptilian arms or legs.  A little digging around online reveals a bunch of tribal stories about this man-eating beast.

In one, the Flying Head drove an ancient tribe away from its hunting grounds in the Adirondacks and the land was always afterwards considered cursed.  Three hotels have been built on that location; all have mysteriously burned down.

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A common element in many tales involves a woman eating acorns roasted in a fire which is supposed to have finally driven the monster away, as it was scared of a human who could seemingly eat hot coals.  This drawing is the Bureau of Indian Affairs ethnographic sketch that sparked my interest.  Rather Edward Gorey-like, no?

Junk Mail Art: Call and Response

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Any regular reader of our blog knows that Nina and I are constantly inspired by Claudia McGill.  I’ve been threatening to reply to her talking postcards for awhile, and finally I’ve fashioned my first response.

Her art always has something to say, so I’m sure there will be more.

Junk Mail Art: Riddles

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 What is the creature who knows me? The mind
that walks nightly
on four legs circling round
in morning just wanting
two legs to rest
at noon and inspire sleep
three spheres
in the silent
evening so near

This is another one of my mythological junk mail art pieces.  The cleave poem uses the secret keeper’s words for the week:  INSPIRE | NIGHT | MIND | NEAR | WANT |

The idea for doing a kind of call and response with this poetic form came from something my daughter’s piano teacher said.  She gave her students 2 lessons per week:  one by themselves, and one with another student.  My daughter was paired in her teenage years with a boy a few years older and they would do 4-handed piano.  One exercise they used when learning new pieces was to begin by looking only at one measure of music and then improvise a response.

I know, it’s kind of a stretch, but as I’ve said before:  everything gives me ideas.  I’m not sure my response to the sphinx’s words makes too much sense (but it is a riddle, right?); still, the idea seems worth exploring further.  To be continued…

Junk Mail Art: Questions 99 and 88

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What kind of fool am I?
here be the head of a dragon
Is this just fantasy?
here be the tail of a snake

Is that all there is?
here be the head of a dragon
What do you see?
here be the tail of a snake

Do you believe in magic?
here be the head of a dragon
Is there life on Mars?
here be the tail of a snake

What are you waiting for?
here be the head of a dragon
How soon is now?
here be the tail of a snake

Does anybody really know what time it is?
here be the head of a dragon
How can I be sure?
here be the tail of a snake

Who knows where the time goes?
here be the head of a dragon
What is it good for?
here be the tail of a snake

Is this real life?
here be the head of a dragon
Have you ever seen the rain?
here be the tail of a snake

What kind of fool am I?
here be the head of a dragon
What does it all mean?
here be the tail of a snake

Another piece in the mythology series.  NaPoWriMo had a prompt for a call and response poem a few days ago, and a little research turned up the Chinese saying, “the head of a dragon, the tail of a snake”.  It certainly goes well with the collage, but as to what it means…???  A cryptic response deserves a cryptic call, I say.  Especially since I could combine the saying with “here be dragons”, an indicator on a map for what is unknown.

Call and Response is an old form used in the blues, children’s play songs, and sea chanties, and modern songwriters have employed it many times.  My model here is Simon and Garfunkel’s “Parsley Sage Rosemary and Thyme”.  And if you recognize the questions in the calls, you, like me, have listened to way too much pop music over the last 50 years.

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