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Sidewalk Poetry Event

Here are some of my offerings for the Sidewalk Poetry event at I Know You Like a Book from 6-7pm tonight in Peoria Heights. The flip side of the palm card is information about PeoWrimos, my writers’ group! Come read your poetry, or enjoy the words of others.

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Posted by on August 28, 2014 in Scribbles

 

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Frost, Found Poetry, Flailing & Fun

What is it about The Road Not Taken (also sometimes referred to as The Road Less ImageTraveled) that still has people relating to it a hundred years later? Here’s Robert Frost‘s poem, so you can test it out for timelessness yourself:

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
I have lost my poetry! I won’t have time to look for it today, but I will hopefully find it tomorrow! I already talked about Found Poetry in my Collage Poetry entry, but that is really what I plan to do on Sunday…I’m itching to try some found poetry collages! I have all sorts of words and images cut out of magazines and I’m ready to go as soon as I can find the time.
Flailing, oh the flailing. I am just barely treading water with the A to Z Challenge! I’m relatively new to blogging and I didn’t learn about the challenge until last weekend, but I was hoping to stay a day ahead of the curve throughout the month. I started out strong, and now I’m starting to flail! Oh, wail! Writing is supposed to be all about the fun, in my humble opinion. It’s the one part of my life that is normally not stressful. So, look for some more lighthearted posts in the coming days. I’m determined to put the FUN back into this project!

 

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Collage Poetry

Collage Poetry has been fascinating me, because it incorporates two things that make my creative muses happy–art AND writing. Years ago I took a collage & altered book class with a couple of friends, and since then I’ve tried my hand at a handful of collages, but nothing that made me say, “Oooooh, I really should frame this!”

I knew that I wanted the C bit of the A to Z Challenge to be about Collage Poetry, but who knew I’d find sooooo many creative folks out on the web. Wow! What talent!! I wish I could share everyone’s work that I came across, but more than anything, I wanted to show you how easy it is to create your own style of Collage Poetry.

Corinna West creates her poetry collages digitally. She uses “digital photography, spoken word poetry, and Photoshop based collaging techniques to make images that are more than the sum of their parts.”

A different computerish version, even more blog friendly, can be found at Kyle Godfrey’s Blogger site. Just slightly different is Mary Bast’s version of photography with found and classic poetry, some of which can be found at The Pulitzer Remix.

According to Austin Kleon, it’s just as easy as blacking out words you don’t need on a newspaper to create poetry. He has written a book called, Newspaper Blackout, which shares some of the poetry he has created in this way.

How linktastic is this getting? And, I’m just beginning. We’re approaching my very favorite form of the poetry collage arts–the ones that could be found hanging in prestigious art gallery exhibits. It’s where my poems want to live when they grow up!!

Vivian Faith Prescott prints out her poetry, cuts it into stanzas & pastes it to a collaged background.

As someone who keeps art journals, I found these pages by Annie Yu to be breathtaking! Let’s be honest, my poetry would love to live in journals like hers too!!

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Mixed media artist, Jess Schneider, uses a variety of techniques to create her stunning poem-art. Some of Charles Henri Ford’s collage poetry can be find in one of my neighboring city’s university’s websites. These pieces date back nearly fifty years!

Could I pretty please with whipped cream & a cherry on top take Sara Naumann’s workshop? Her work is gorgeous! Here is a quick, free tutorial, by Quinn McDonald, if you would like to try your own hand at a poetry collage. No matter which technique inspires you, you’re sure to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Carpe diem!

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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