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to start,

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begin with
Being–the map turned
upside-down–
sky rising,
clear, empty, waiting to be
filled–calling you home

For Sue Vincent’s photo prompt, “Alone”, above.

 

August 2017

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particles playing
a confusion of wavelengths
sun water air light

Haiku for Colleen’s weekly prompt.  Summer is winding down.

 

Mask

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In the intersection between
earth and air—in the space between
coming and going, was and to be—

The other side is inverted
consumed created inserted—
energy takes form—threshold, key–

Opposites crushed in collusion–
time transfigured by illusion—
door opening to nobody.

Sue Vincent’s photo prompt, above, was the inspiration for my poem and art.  I painted the fire, then cut it into squares, rearranged it, and stitched it together.  The poetry form is nove otto.

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I don’t know why, but this photo reminded me of The Crazy World of Arthur Brown.  Is that his hat burning…?

fire comp 2

 

 

 

Messenger

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swift shadow
against trees and sky
black on blue
a prism
reflecting feathers and air
shapeshifting through light

corvid in flight - Sue Vincent

A shadorma and collage for Sue Vincent’s photo prompt, above, this week.  I can never resist a crow.

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June 2017 More Water Lilies

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Water lilies—mirrored
sky holding deep dreams, rampant
with riotous light

Another Monet-inspired grid.  Happy June!

Mosaic

These are the edges of the woven piece from yesterday. Not exactly a grid because they are all different sizes but I may try doing a Kerfe style grid with even squares. There is something about this I like. I like how the colors work together and how it moves from the blues to the pinky oranges. 

April 2017 water lilies

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water lilies—pink
finds green awakening
regeneration

Putting magnetic poetry aside for today, my April grid–another in the water lily haiku series.

It’s the season of renewal.  Happy Easter, Passover, Spring to all.

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Water Lilies Revisited

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A few years ago I did a Sketchbook Project of haiku and grids based on Monet’s water lilies paintings.  So when I saw the dVerse prompt for work based on impressionism, I decided to revisit my obsession with Monet’s work.  The Magnetic Oracle was helpful in getting me started, and then I did one on my own.

water lilies 1s poem

You can see my complete “Water Lilies” digitized sketchbook here, and previous posts on the subject here, here, and here.

I think I will be staying with this for a little while again too.

February 2017: Crows, Tides, Time

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They end their flight
one by one–
crows at dusk
–Buson

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Shape-shifting in the gap,
the border of the map a light
of shadowing, not quite
prepared to reunite the tide
with ebb and flow implied
by intervals inside of time,
the pause between the line,
the missing paradigm unfilled,
the end of something.  Stilled.

low-tide

I’m a bit late with my February grid, but I thought it complemented Sue Vincent’s “Low Tide” prompt this week, so I did my own poem in response to both Buson and the photo (above).

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Once again, I tried a new poetry form; this one is Vietnamese.  It’s called Luc Bat, and you can read about it here.

A New Year

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beyond
stars beyond
star
–L. A. Davidson

Born in Montana, Laura Agnes Davidson (1917-2007) traveled and lived all over the world before settling in New York City in the 1960s, where she was introduced to haiku by a friend.  As an active member of the Haiku Society of America, she both wrote and advocated for the poetic form she called “an art of evocation”.  You can read more about the poet here and here, and read her own thoughts about haiku here.

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Laura Davidson Tanna kindly gave me permission to use her mother’s haiku to begin 2017.  May we all travel that beautiful highway of stars in the months to come.

haiku © L.A. Davidson from “The Shape of the Tree”