‘The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,’ —W.B. Yeats
I went to see the Edvard Munch show at the Met Breuer and I was really pleased to see “Moonlight”, which Jane Dougherty used for a prompt in 2016 (Jane’s prompts stay with me), and which I had done a collage and a poem for. I could not get a good photo of the full painting because of all the people looking at it, but it has lots of dimension and subtle color changes that you can’t see in the online reproduction below.
When I went back to look at my original collage, I had used a section of the painting only as inspiration…I remembered the large face. And once again, the poem is not that different from the one the Magnetic Oracle gifted me with…there seems to be a pattern here.
winding beneath the
tangles of neural pathways
I follow myself,
moonlit shadows reflecting
mirages deep, heavy, dark
I was also thinking about a question Crow at Words and Feathers asked in a recent poem: what sound does a shadow make? Since I’m always talking about shadows, I’m sure I’ll revisit the idea again.
of blood the whisper
of reflected light—dreams sail
bare beneath dark moons
I reworked the original collage a few times, and I’m sure I’ll do the same for the one I did today…it needs to sit for awhile first, but I’m definitely not satisfied with it. At least the Oracle is being cooperative with Shadorma November.
“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”
moon eating the sun–
darkness becomes forever–
catch the stolen fire
spell-casting the moon–
branches and leaves weave patterns–
talismans of light
Collages are from my old portfolio, dated 1980. We will only see a 70% eclipse here today, but should still be worth the view.
And I’m “traveling with the moon” On The Road.
Lune shining through me
like a galaxy
Wings I can not see
This self-portrait uses the same Klee painting for a reference as my last one, but I have done it in collage, as I said I hope to do. I’ve taken more liberties this time as well. The round face reminded me of the moon, and that was my inspiration for my choice of collage papers.
The poem uses the lai form, which I saw on dVerse in early June, but did not have time to attempt then.
It’s a New Moon today…start something!
You can see all the self portraits so far here.
the power of tides
to lead by following songs
tracking the crescent
eyes beckoning as startled
magnitudes shout waves of light
I may visit this cat again. I need to explore that shadow.
between night and dark
rest secret longings
wandering in moon gardens
shaded with ancient air
The NaPoWriMo prompt today is to use a phrase from someone else’s work to spark a poem. I got the phrase “moon garden” not from a poem but from Michael Chabon’s wonderful book “Moonglow”. I’ve been wanting to use it somewhere, and here it is (with the help of the Magnetic Oracle).
Ask these tongues
how can my dreams
shine by day
yet ache like storms
together their music rains
symphony and sky
This was another collaboration with Nina and the Oracle that fit together really easily. We decided to surprise each other today with our artwork and post separately. I punched holes to embroider on the paper, and then decided just to leave the holes. The weird light is because I photographed the collage taped to the window so the sun would shine through the holes.
Another ambiguous situation in a Jane Dougherty painting prompt. I decided to go for optimism, even though that’s not my general state of mind these days. Here’s the inspiration painting, by Iliya Repin:
And my response:
The last Postcard Fiction I did before this one was also a painting by Iliya Repin, “Freedom”, a prompt from way back in September. I liked it so much I did it twice, and I’ll post both of them one of these days. I collected Jane’s other microfiction prompts between that one and this one in a folder; time, of course, always gets in the way of intentions.
One thing I did during our blog break was to enter a lot of juried art shows and submit both poetry and art to journals, which I find takes a lot of time, not to mention the fact that most journals won’t accept work published on a blog. Eight of my Postcard Fictions were entered for a show of “art on paper”, but I won’t hear about acceptance or rejection until mid-January.
concentric circles parallel time
ancient images blurred by neglect
footprints following memory’s trace
photographs taken in black and white
voices scratched into indistinct paths
a present silent and without place
dreaming thoughts walk mysterious lines
orbits that intersect echoed light
shadows waiting in abandoned space
Jane Dougherty gave us three moons this week, and her own invented 3×3 poetry form: the trilune. It produces a nice rhythm I think.
Despite the bugginess of the Magnetic Poetry website, Nina and I had a wonderful time composing this poem, sending it back and forth for addition and revision many times. I did one illustration, and Nina did two.
to stop shadows from moaning
whisper to the sky like a rainstorm
petals sing to my dreams
some say music is like a watching wind
mad symphony like a summer moon
red and frantic blowing delirious screams
over a thousand purple seas
still life soars as love urges us
and together we shine by day
For the Elusive Trope’s Magnetic Poetry Saturday Challenge. Join in! It’s fun.