Sunday, April 28, 2019

ARTSPEAK: Happy! poem "Anticipation" by Irene Latham

Hello and welcome to ARTSPEAK: Happy! my 2019 National Poetry Month poem a day project, in which I am responding to pieces of art that make me happy. Read why in my introductory post.

Poems so far:
Girl in a Yellow Dress after "A Girl in a Yellow Dress, 1917" by Amedeo Modigliani
When the Stars Come to Town after "Cafe Terrace at Night" by Vincent van Gogh
On a Golden Day in May after "Checkered House" by Grandma Moses
Beach Time after "Children Playing on the Beach" by Mary Cassatt
The Weight of Happiness after "Flower Seller" by Diego Rivera
By the Sea "Coastal Scene with Gulls" by Maud Lewis
Sister Song after an untitled piece by Henry Darger
Two Cows after "2 Cows" by Maud Lewis
Girl in Hat after "Girl in Hat" by Norman Lewis
Backstage after "Dancers in Green and Yellow" by Edgar Degas. 
"So Many Suns" after Kohbar of Mithila
"To an Olive Tree" after Olive Trees with Yellow Sky and Sun by Vincent van Gogh
"Three Black Cats" after Three Black Cats by Maud Lewis
"When Grandma Reads" after Mrs. Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren by Mary Cassatt
"On a June Afternoon" after Pigeon on a Peach Branch by Emperor Huizong
"On the Water" after On the Water by Mary Cassatt
"Autumn Prayer" after Red Vineyard at Arles by Vincent van Gogh
"Julie Manet with Cat" by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
"When a Horse Writes a Poem" after Horse Head on a Yellow Background 1953 by Fernand Leger.
"Fiddle Song" after The Fiddler by Marc Chagall
"A Dream of Yellow" after Tree Against a Yellow Background by Odilon Redon
"The Letter" after The Letter by Mary Cassatt
"To a Sunflower" after Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh
"Only in Summer" after The Yellow Boat by Gustave Caillebotte
"Wish I May, Wish I Might" after Starry Night Over the Rhone by Vincent van Gogh
"The Guitarist" after Girl in Yellow and Blue with a Guitar by Henri Matisse
"First Day of Autumn" after Wheat Fields with Cypresses by Vincent van Gogh

Today's piece is "Woman with a Yellow Jacket" by August Macke. I decided my focus would be on the young girl (daughter?) beside the woman in the yellow jacket... at first I thought she was shy, and then I remembered this is to be a happy poem... and so I flipped it to be about anticipation of what's inside that door. (What's happier than anticipation?)

- after Woman in a Yellow Jacket by August Macke

she pulls
her mother
with her

as she hurls
the open door –

two comet
into the sun

-Irene Latham

Be sure to visit Liz Steinglass for the latest line in our Progressive Poem... and tomorrow is MY day! Yay!



  1. I think I've written about 'anticipation' more than once, Irene, always the happiest of thoughts. This is a lovely ressponse to the painting, 'melting into the sun'!

  2. What a happy painting! Your poem makes me wonder what's beyond the open door. Then I was off to explore other paintings by August Mackie and that was quite a rabbit hole.


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