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Draw The Line is live: 120+ artists show positive political actions that anyone can take

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Now this is a great idea…I just had to pass it along.

myf draws apparently

As you may remember, back in October, I went for a run and came back with a glimmer of an idea.

Remind me not to go running again: that little seed grew into a project that has taken up every spare moment since then. But today, most of the hard work is over. Today we launch Draw The Line.

Draw The Line

It’s been astonishing to watch, as what I’d conceived as a modest small press project blossomed, and more and more comic artists came on board (139 of them at the final count). Every single one of them is a superstar in my books, but it’s perhaps worth mentioning the bigger names, just to underline how the project grew so much bigger than I’d imagined. So, look out for work by Rachael Ball, Hannah Berry, Kate Charlesworth, Hunt Emerson, Kate Evans, Karrie Fransman, James Harvey, Lucy Knisley, Dave McKean, Fumio Obata…

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Short Poem Saturday – Haiku – Roig

Another collaboration with the wonderful Marcy Erb…Thanks Marcy!

Illustrated Poetry

photograph of Roig Haiku collageunleaf me and go
your shadows are ghosting me
lost blurred indistinct
– Kerfe Roig

I have been introduced to so many of you through Ms. Kerfe Roig’s amazing collaborative blog, Method Two Madness, and vice versa, that it almost doesn’t need an introduction. But if by chance you found your way to Illustrated Poetry by another means, I do strongly recommend you head over to Ms. Roig’s blog and check out the art and poetry posted daily by both Kerfe and her best friend Nina.

Ms. Roig sent me this haiku way back last July, in preparation for a possible series on seasonal transitions. I knew immediately what I wanted to do for an illustration – a textured, layered collage. But two things happened on the way to this post: I needed to take my blogging hiatus and I also kept wondering, “how do I photograph/scan/etc that piece for display…

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Home by Warsan Shire

Love in the Time of Colorado


Try reading this poem out loud without your voice breaking.


by Warsan Shire

no one leaves home unless
home is the mouth of a shark
you only run for the border
when you see the whole city running as well–

your neighbors running faster than you
breath bloody in their throats
the boy you went to school with
who kissed you dizzy behind the old tin factory
is holding a gun bigger than his body
you only leave home
when home won’t let you stay.

no one leaves home unless home chases you
fire under feet
hot blood in your belly
it’s not something you ever thought of doing
until the blade burnt threats into
your neck
and even then you carried the anthem under
your breath
only tearing up your passport in an airport toilets
sobbing as each mouthful of paper
made it clear that you wouldn’t be…

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Magic is Afoot


Where am I?
turned inward or out?
My vision
flattens then
expands into parallel

Light reflects
and deceives, recedes
and unbinds
expands into a funhouse
of porous passage.

Do I dream?
Is the opening
linked elsewhere,
on the closeted shadows
of unconsciousness?

Light echoes
past peripheries
and flashbacks.
The darkness
coils.  I have been here before:
in pause, on the edge.


My response to Sue Vincent’s “Lantern” prompt this week.  The title is taken from Buffy Sainte-Marie’s wonderful song “God is Alive, Magic is Afoot” (co-written with Leonard Cohen).  You can read the full lyrics and link to YouTube videos here.



1969, poem by Kerfe Roig (ME, AT 17 Poetry and Prose Series)

My thoughts about my 17th year…
(yes, I’m still humming the songs from “Hair”)

Silver Birch Press

by Kerfe Roig

My only thought what
I was not. Uninvited.
Unrequited. But

Beautiful feeling
The Age of Aquarius
New day is coming

These new voices gave
more choices: one of many
singing harmony.

What am I to do?
Time to sit down and wonder
Better get ready

With guitar and Hair
going where an opening
mind left fear behind.

“Crimson and Clover,” “Aquarius,” “Crystal Blue Persuasion,” “Going in Circles,” and “Too Busy Thinking About My Baby.”

IMAGE: Psychedelic self-portrait by Kerfe Roig.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: At 17, I was lost, a bundle of insecurities. The music of that tumultuous year, 1969, helped me to find a place to belong both with my peers and in the world, while at the same time opening my thinking to new possibilities.

roig_portraitABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kerfe Roig
enjoys transforming words and images…

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Landscape with odd shape

I tried to use all the tools in the ArtSet app: paint,crayon, pastel, pencils etc. 

Found Poem # 1

A wonderful surprise today from my friend Melba Christie who is one of the kindest women I know.

Melba Christie at Poemattic

The following is my first found poem where I have used words, phrases, lines or even stanzas from other works including my fellow poets on WordPress. Please see attributions. Hope you enjoy reading the Found Poems. I will appreciate your feedback.heart-setDedicated to my doctor

Listen to the gifts of your heart

There is a rhythm to life

Laughter and love heals all

So much to do, so little time

I trapped a moonbeam in a bottle

enjoyed my morning walks in the woods

Everything is fine

Pressed fall foliage in my journal

to test the power of time

What is this new hope I feel?

my heart beats strong again

Life is beautiful!

Live it well my friend.


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A beautiful haiku in anticipation of winter. Freya makes use of many channels to nurture this poetic form.
You can see my haiku contribution to the fall “leaf” series here:


snowmelt refrozen
transparent scales of ice; the
lacework of winter
haiku © Freya Pickard 2016
This haiku is one of many included in my fantasy novel series, Isu Magan.
You can read more haiku, like this one in Book One Vintrig’s Kingdom which is available NOW!
You may also like to watch the videos I created for this release at Vintrig’s Kingdom and Freya Reads an Extract.
Please share and re-blog this post!

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Straw Hat, poem by Kerfe Roig (ME, IN A HAT Poetry & Prose Series)

I have more to say about this image, and more images from this block. We’ll be back next week. Happy Thanksgiving from both of us!

Silver Birch Press


Straw Hat
by Kerfe Roig

I don’t remember
why I bought it. A straw hat.
I painted myself
wearing it: young, jaunty, full
of optimism. Moving
on to other dreams
beyond, past the unrealized,
I lost that self. My
self in that moment, that hat,
in that portrait. Who I was.
And now I draw on
memory. An inexact
rendering of time,
the intersection of lines
reaching forward and then back.

IMAGE: “Straw Hat,” self-portrait by Kerfe Roig.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: I’m working on 100 self-portraits inspired by other artists. This block print was based on a print by Vanessa Bell. When I saw her image, I immediately thought of the now-lost self-portrait I had painted in my twenties, a young woman in her straw hat. I tried to reproduce the feeling of it that remained in my mind, now wearing the hat on my present, much older…

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If I flew (for Joni Mitchell) poem by Kerfe Roig (IF I Poetry and Prose Series)

Another great series from Silver Birch Press. My response to the prompt “If I…”

Silver Birch Press


If I flew (for Joni Mitchell)
by Kerfe Roig

If I flew,
black, a silhouette
against blue,
would I see
outlines of me, abandoned
to endless highways?

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: I’ve been working on a series of monoprints with collage and stitching.“there’s a crow flying” is inspired by Joni Mitchell’s song “Black Crow.” The poem, also, considers her song.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kerfe Roig enjoys transforming words and images into something new. You can follow her explorations on the blog she does with her friend Nina:

Self-portrait by the author. 

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