Friday, September 18, 2020

ArtSpeak: RED poem "The Opposite of Invisible '


Hello and happy Poetry Friday! Be sure to visit Matt at Radio, Rhythm, and Rhyme for Roundup.

I've been NEST-building this week... doing my best to get the word out about my forthcoming THIS POEM IS A NEST. I'm delighted by readers' enthusiasm so far... and so, so grateful. Thank you!

Today for ArtSpeak: RED I'm returning to one of my favorite Impressionist women painters, Berthe Morisot.  I found a bit of myself in this bright, curious face (even though I seldom wear red), and even though at any gathering I am far more the "there you are!" kind of person than the "here I am" girl represented in the poem. Thanks so much for reading. 

The Opposite of Invisible

cardinal wings

wet berries
in a milk-glass

in a red blouse –

Hello, world!
I am

- Irene Latham


  1. Oh, she is there, isn't she? So young and pretty and ready for the next thing. Maybe the birds will come chat with her or, she'll attract the attention of a soon to be sweetheart. This poem makes me wonder about what's next.
    I'm reading and reviewing 'Nest' for next week. You must be excited for this book to make its way into the word. Many congratulations.

  2. I've always found red-and-white - particularly in the context of winter - to be striking. Thanks for sharing, Irene!

  3. I love the ending! Your new book sounds absolutely wonderful. I can't wait to read it from first word to last.

  4. Your poem and Morisot's picture really reminds me of life in Switzerland - the land of the red and white flag - it really is a plus + (see what I did there? ;)

  5. She is lovely. It seems like the whole garden is drawn toward her. The cardinal wings in your poem caught my eye.

  6. Lovely painting, lovely poem, lovely red!

  7. It's a remarkable painting and your poem shows lovely imagination. Yes, she is there, waiting for her life? I love this, Irene!

  8. Love this little girl and her straight-up confidence, "I am here." My students wrote after your Polkadot poem. Here's a link to Daniel's Truth about Cats:
    I will send others by email.

    1. Oh that sleepy kitten! Please tell Daniel how much I enjoyed his poem... as a lifelong cat-person, I loved the disclaimer, too. :)

  9. Wonderful images you invoked... those wet berries glistening in the milk glass bowl and the cardinal against the snow set up our radiant "here I am" girl in red to take center stage. Love the painting!

  10. Love. Such images. I want to be that girl.

  11. Good for her! And I am SO looking forward to THIS POEM IS A NEST!

  12. Red - the color of being alive. Impossible to be invisible in red. Some of my favorite images are in your poem - the cardinal, the snow - my grandmother loved these things, her favorite color was red, and her name, in fact, was Ruby. How writing and symbolism spiral so, and color our existence and our memory. We do live our poems.

    -Fran Haley

  13. Irene, I love the images you evoked in your poem. I am wondering if I could get an arc of your new book to post a review. From what i read, it is fascinating.

  14. Lovely Irene, you can taste the creamy-wetness on your lips while reading your poem. And Berthe Morisot is a favorite of mine too, thanks for sharing this image which I haven't seen, xo!


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