In the Summer of 2017, I joined up with several artist friends from Get Messy to create a poetry art journal collaboration. We each started a journal with pages inspired by a favourite poem and then sent them out into the world so that the next person could add their interpretations, inspired by the same poem.
Spoiler alert! Unfortunately most of the journals, including my own, got lost in the mail during the course of the year. I was hoping to be able to post my finished journal when it finally returned to me. But, alas, I don’t think this is going to happen. So I have decided to post the pages I created in each of the poetry art journals that made its way to me.
This is the cover of my journal, inspired by one of my most beloved poems: Poetry by Pablo Neruda. I hand-bound the journal, using an Anthropologie bag for the cover (They make the best bags!)
I created the following three pages, inspired by lines from the poem.
‘…I don’t know, I don’t know where
it came from, from winter or a river.’
‘…my eyes were blind,
and something kicked in my soul.
Fever or forgotten wings…’
‘…and I wrote the first faint line,
faint, without substance, pure
of one who knows nothing.’
‘A fine, obstinate lady … ‘Where hides the master? Tell me!’
She’s silent. ‘Confess!’ She’s silent. ‘Surrender him!’ She’s silent. ‘
‘It’s stormy weather. Be my guest. The colour of your coat, what do I care? ‘
‘The two are riding through the woods and not a single leaf is moving.’
I made the following pages in Rebecca DeLong’s journal on Persephone Speaks by Daniella Michalleni.
‘I didn’t want the pearls other girls talked about,
or the fine marble of palaces,
or even the roses in the mouth of servants.’
‘Do not send flowers,
we’ll throw them in the river.’
This page was created while I was taking the Painted Galaxies class with Katie Smith. Even the river looks like a galaxy!
I loved playing around with the elongated dimensions of this journal, especially on this last page with its long drop into the dark:
‘I wanted pomegranates—
I wanted darkness,
I wanted him.’
Look out for a post featuring part 2 of this collaboration coming soon. In the meantime, check out the hashtag #poetryartjournalcollab to see some of the awesome pages my fellow artists created in these journals!