Tag Archive | koan collage

Child of the Universe

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The NaPoWriMo prompt today was looking for surrealistic imagery in a poem.  I’m not sure this exactly fits, since it’s mostly image, but the collage box Oracle tends to brevity in its words.

She
started a ritual–
the answer
on fire,
the seeds realized
as dark matter

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I also have a poem, “Numerology”, which is somewhat surrealistic, posted this month at Visual Verse.  You can read it here.

This collage was inspired by Paul Klee’s angel series.

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Koan Collage: It Makes Me Wonder

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Question the dragon
swimming in air waves.  Enter
sky light from inside
out.  No two travelers meet
with similar seas.

I consulted the Collage Box Oracle this week for Sue Vincent’s photo prompt, above.

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Clouds are always a rich source of imagery.

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The dragon jumped out at me right away.

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And the Stairway to Heaven, too.  It makes me wonder, for sure.

 

Koan Collage: Free Your Mind

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Empty out
all those illusions
and just be
the deep blue
sea, the force of green earth, the
nothing, listening.

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This collage koan was inspired by the dVerse prompt to respond to the wonderful art of Catrin Welz-Stein, above.  I did my collage and poem before I looked on her website for the title of the art:  “Free Your Mind”.  Perfect.

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I did this in two parts.  First, the background, above (without words).

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Then the top piece.  I put them together and added the words.

Visit the website of this amazing artist:   Catrin Welz-Stein, featured at https://www.redbubble.com/de/people/catrinarno?ref=account-nav-dropdown&asc=

What a wonderful prompt!  Thanks Lillian and Catrin!

Leave the Path Open (plus another koan collage)

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When I was young I tried to order my life around. I thought if I played by the rules, everything would work out.  But the rules wouldn’t play back.  Once I gave in to the inevitability of life’s whims, what was happening to me became a lot more interesting.  Not easier.  Never smooth.  But sometimes I found wonder and enchantment.  And even sometimes grace.  I just needed to leave a space without expectations to be filled.

I walk through valleys
behind a path that opens–
my cup overflows.

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I know, there’s a lot going on here.  Frank at dVerse asked us to consider in haibun an occasion when we were pleasantly surprised.  It was difficult for me to focus on that idea because every day I’m surprised (albeit some days more pleasantly than others).  The haibun explains why.

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I was also working on a collage for the painting Jane Dougherty challenged us with, above, by Hugo Simberg.  It doesn’t have much pleasantness about it, and my collage also looked somewhat apocalyptic to me.  But the Collage Box Oracle had its own ideas about the images.  And, somehow, it fits.

Bodies are
made of light
and shadow.
Does chaos reflect
the meaning of
The Inner Cosmology?–
Lives balanced
on the unexpected.

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…and, well, you know…owls.

 

 

 

Portal (a koan collage)

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This collage is a response to Sue Vincent’s mysterious photo (she has many of them…) below.

It started with a photo of a sparkly dress draped over a chair.  I searched through my collage boxes, trying this and that until the world inside of the portal appeared.  Then to the word boxes…

because of
not knowing how, there’s
always room
for catching
almost anything you want
between what isn’t.

Like the Magnetic Oracle, the Collage Box Oracle has its own ideas…all you can do is keep pulling words out and rearranging them until it’s satisfied.  This started out to be Postcard Fiction, but first of all its size makes it more like Poster Fiction.  But really, although I tried to tell a story, the Oracle usually has other plans.  My daughter liked the art, but as to the words: “I don’t understand it.”  Postcard Fiction has morphed into Koan Collage.

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Here’s an explanation of the koan from the Pacific Zen Insititute: “Koans go the other way.  They encourage you to make an ally of the unpredictability of the mind and to approach your life more as a work of art.  The surprise they offer is the one that art offers: inside unpredictability you will find not chaos, but beauty.”  Read more here.

And if you want to see some of the Postcard Fiction I’ve done (mostly for Jane Dougherty’s prompts) you can go here.  Many of them are actually Koan Collage, they just didn’t know it at the time.