Friday, April 24, 2015

ARTSPEAK! Poem # 24 & "What a Day" by J.Patrick Lewis

Hello! How can this be the last Poetry Friday of National Poetry Month?? Wow. Be sure to visit Renee at No Water River for Roundup!

And yes, we are in the homestretch of our Progressive Poem! See the latest line courtesy of Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect. 

What better way to celebrate National Poetry Month than with books of poems? I have been reading so much this month... most recently EVERTHING'S A POEM: The Best of J. Patrick Lewis with illus. by Maria Cristina Pritelli.

Here's the poem that speaks to me most urgently as I write this post:



What a Day
by J. Patrick Lewis

Out of dark's rougher neighborhoods,
Morning stumbles,
none too
bright,
recalling now
the thief,
Night,
who stole her work
of art -
Light.



And now for poem #24 of ARTSPEAK!, my Poem-a-Day Project for National Poetry Month 2015, in which I am writing from images found in the online collections of the National Gallery of Art and focusing on dialogue, conversations, what does the piece say? 

Today's piece is "Still Life with Bottles and Fruit" by Alexej von Jawlensky. I love this piece so very much!! Obviously. I mean, I did choose it for my logo. :)






16 comments:

  1. I've enjoyed Everything Is A Poem very much, Irene. That 'thief' is a wonderful thought, isn't it? And your poem. How did you put such yearning from the bottle into only a few words? Beautiful!

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    1. Thank you, Linda! I think "yearning" and "waiting" are closely related. :)

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  2. Oh what a beautiful ending. How brilliant to go from bottles and bowls to a deep important insight.

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    1. Thank you for reading, Liz! I love thinking of the objects around us as having their own stores of wisdom. xo

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  3. Yes to what both Linda and Liz said. Lovely insight at the end. You've picked such beautiful paintings this month and I've enjoyed all your poetic responses. I hope this series turns into a book :).

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    1. Thank you, Jama! I can't believe we're almost to an end... art provides such wonderful inspiration... and it's so open-ended! I appreciate you visiting. xo

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  4. Aw, Irene. Who can make a bottle's words to a beautiful? Irene can. And does...and does...and does. I echo the love of your beautiful poem here.

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    1. Thank you, Amy! I think my subconscious has been working on this one all month. xo

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  5. I love everything about this post, Irene, especially how the last lines of both poems fit together, the idea of saying "Yes to the world" bringing "Light." Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. What a wonderful connection you've made! Thank you for showing me that! And for visiting. Means so much! xo

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  6. Artful complimentary poems you've selected, Irene. I agree with Jama about imagining that ARTSPEAK should be the catalyst for a book.
    And J. Patrick Lewis, with his twist at the end of so many of his poems,
    he's dynamic in every topic, isn't he?

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  7. Love your Bottle to Bowl poem. Is it meant to be a concrete poem?

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  8. I've loved your picture for the month and now this fun poem. So much to understand about going from twisted tight to being open and saying yes!

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  9. Loved your bottle to bowl poem. So interesting a perspective, too.

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  10. I would like to give this whole post a hug!

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  11. Now that's an image that will burn right through me today: saying YES to the world. :)

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