Today an image heavy post, with a sparse poem to accompany. In this case, I worked on the poem first, and then finished the image. Sometimes, certain words just pop out. In my case, it was “take care.”
Also, never underestimate the incredible power of white paint piled against yellowed pages. For the image, I used what was there and added in some drawings of women being shaped. When the drawings were not enough, I added some black ink and water.
I want to urge you to think about the physical shape of your page. If you are accustomed to left aligned poetry, I would encourage you to consider the right margin. If you are a slave to the couplet, consider writing your poem in prose form. Allow your words to change as you slide them across the page. Of course, this is easier done with a literal word, cut out from a magazine, so if you are feeling awesome do this:
- Choose a smallish poem — one of your own.
- Find all the words of your poem in a magazine and cut them out.
- Play on the page with them.
- Glue them down when you are happy.
Sorry for the rush post… I am in a hurry to get my youngest two sons to the eye doctor.
What has five heads and twenty eyes? My family.