In the Summer of 2017, I joined up with several artist friends from Get Messy to create a poetry art journal collaboration. Unfortunately, most of the journals got lost in the mail before they could be returned to the original artists. Today’s post continues with my pages from the second lot of journals. You can see my pages from the first three collaboration journals here.
The following three pages are from Sarah Fuch‘s journal whose poem was all about words. I took a different approach with this one, using the poems as a springboard for my own imagination rather than sticking to specific quotes from the poem.
‘I wanted the past to go away, I wanted
to leave it, like another country; I wanted
my life to close, and open
like a hinge, like a wing, like the part of the song
where it falls
down over the rocks: an explosion, a discovery;
to hurry into the work of my life; I wanted to know,
whoever I was, I was
for a little while.’
‘And nobody gets out of it, having to
swim through the fires to stay in
‘Mostly, I want to be kind.
And nobody, of course, is kind,
for a simple reason.’
‘The flames just soared, and the furnace roared—such a blaze you seldom see;
And I burrowed a hole in the glowing coal, and I stuffed in Sam McGee.’
‘Well, he seemed so low that I couldn’t say no; then he says with a sort of moan:
“It’s the cursèd cold, and it’s got right hold till I’m chilled clean through to the bone.’
‘And that very night, as we lay packed tight in our robes beneath the snow,And the dogs were fed, and the stars o’erhead were dancing heel and toe,He turned to me, and “Cap,” says he, “I’ll cash in this trip, I guess;And if I do, I’m asking that you won’t refuse my last request.’
Exploring a poem through the art it inspires, is such a wonderful way to deepen your relationship with it. Instead of seeing the completed poem printed on a page, this approach has helped me get inside these poems and walk around in them for a while.
Even though so many of our journals got lost in the mail, most of the artists in this collaboration enjoyed our time exploring poetry together so much that we decided to begin a second round of collaborations. More on these will be coming soon!