Monday, August 13, 2018

Brenda Smith's "Summer, Fall, Swaying, Bending" after Alix Hitchcock

Brenda Smith photographed at Caldwell Arts Council in front of one of the four Alix Hitchcock pieces that inspired her poem for Art of Poetry Catawba Valley's inaugural tour on June 9, 2018.

by Brenda Smith           
On four prints of the same titles by Alix Hitchcock 

As the bird flies so do I fly
I know I am tethered to the earth
She is not
I know this
But I fly all the same
In my twisted way, I fly
I was in a leap
in mid-flight as I was caught
made into wallpaper
as was the bird
run over by the printer’s tool
We in flight

I was in mid flight
when fall came too
with its stripping of branches
limbs white and barren
my flight pressed to the earth too
my limbs hitting the earth
We falling

I, caught by the thin white wind
am bent backwards
Trees as tall as mountains with me
bent back, shot through the air
My friend curves low
out of wind’s reach
She, and the wall of greenness
are below the wind
Beyond the wind

Golden wind with brains and guts
makes a corridor through the darkness
pulls me up by my core
limbs bowed downward
Gravity still rules
the paper bamboo sways
with the heart and bone
Rhythm of the wind

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Art of Poetry Catawba Valley Announces October Tour At Hickory Museum of Art

Art of Poetry Catawba Valley is a newly formed Art of Poetry which began as a program of Hickory Museum of Art in 2013. AOPCV melds art and writing in the form of ekphrastic poetry with tours throughout the Unifour's museums, coffee houses, arts councils, and libraries. In June, Art of Poetry CV journeyed into Caldwell County for its first outing of 2018.
Our next tour will be at Hickory Museum of Art on Saturday, October 13, 2018.  HMA currently has three exhibits in which Art of Poetry CV will participate – Blow Up, Dear Paul Letters, and POP: Every Day Imagery as Art.  There are also the permanent exhibits of folk art on the 3rd floor and the glass exhibit about which poets may choose to write.
To submit, simply go to Hickory Museum of Art and write poems about the works on exhibit.   The submission deadline is September 29, 2018 and the readings will be October 13, beginning at 2 pm in the front lobby of Hickory Museum of Art.
Poets’ works will be posted beside the artworks for this event at Hickory Museum of Art.
Submissions should:
-include name of the artist and the title of the inspiring work
-be typed in the body of an email (please send attachments if line breaks do not translate)
-be sent to Melissa Hager at
-Art of Poetry CV will use no more than 3 poems per individual poet
-Art of Poetry CV reserves the right to decline work that may not be appropriate in content. Poems that are overtly political or religious in nature, or poems that are not appropriate for all ages, will not be considered for this program.
Approximately 20 poems will be selected to be read by the author (or substitute reader) at the reading. After the reading, with permission of the poet and artist, poems will be posted on the Art of Poetry Catawba Valley website at
The reading is free and open to the public.
Hope to have your poetry at Hickory Museum of Art this fall!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Steven D. Lightspring's "Free Flight" after Alix Hitchcock

Steven D. Lightspring photographed with the Alix Hitchcock art that inspired his poem at Caldwell Arts Council on June 9, 2018. 


by Steven D. Lightspring
after Through The Air by Alix Hitchcock

We long to live
In fullest flow
Of air, of stream,
Though here below

Our highest dreams
We walk about
With hopes that heave us
Up and out

Within our dreams
Of day or night
We hunger for
Our hearts' free flight.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Jane Lucas's "What Remains" after Ginger Owen-Murakami and Vicki Van Ameyden

Jane Lucas photographed at Caldwell Arts Council on June 9, 2018. Art of Poetry Catawba Valley toured the center in Lenoir, NC for their first event.  

by Jane Lucas
after Cairn by Ginger Owen-Murakami and Vicki Van Ameyden

Piled in with the faces,
a monogram on a screen door.
Not her grandmother’s,
but a sudden reminder . . .
One letter of cursive metal
evokes another
and the porch
where she finds herself again,
tracing the C in her mind
and waiting.

Monday, July 16, 2018

LB Sedlacek's "Electric Dreams" after Alix Hitchcock

At the June 9, 2018 Art of Poetry Catawba Valley tour of Caldwell Arts Council, LB Sedlacek is photographed sharing her poem inspired by artist, Alix Hitchcock.

ELECTRIC DREAMS (My Jellyfish Ode)
by LB Sedlacek
After Swimming with the Jellyfish by Alix Hitchcock

Do jellyfish dream
Even after death
Cruel humans
Tossing throwing
Vacant blobs
Or poking
With sticks
Yet live
Pure Jellyfish
Tentacles stretching
Reaching into
The wind
The heart
Sparking dreams
Oceans afar
And my
Humble ode
To all
Of them.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Keith Smith's "Man On The Move" after Sharon McCullough

Keith Smith is photographed reading his poem beside the sculpture that inspired his work at Caldwell Arts Council on June 9, 2018. 

MAN ON THE MOVE (in theory)
by Keith Smith
After Man on the Move by Sharon McCullough

My mind is all awhirl with thoughts of places I could go
But my feet are stuck in stone and they always tell me “no”
Yet I stand upright and hopeful with my legs e’er at the ready
If my body is set free, then I know that I’ll be steady
My arms they stretch to balance if I ever start to move
I want to start my journey so my stature can improve
You can see that I am hopeful with my head in jaunty tilt
But conformity of wiring’s wrapped around it like a quilt
But the thing that I remember most is mind over matter
Even with a frozen body, my brain goes pitter patter
If we can free the cage of limits from our prisoned minds
We can truly move ahead and leave the fixed past behind.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Beverly Finney's "Her Warrior Princess" after Susan Greene

Beverly Finney photographed at Caldwell Arts Council on June 9, 2018 reading her work inspired by artist, Susan Greene.

for Jennifer Womble
after Looking Out With Little Blue by Susan Greene

Inside a mother, a warrior princess,
wise in her intimate knowing of life
that springs in her and from her,
grows in her protective shadow;
strong in nurturing, withholding her desires,
standing by, ever ready to carry on
in time’s unpredictable weather;
beautiful in spirit and soul, in her knowing,
her strength, her reproductive body
stretching, arching and spilling forth;
brave in her fierce defense, persistence,
in her fidelity to those whom she loves,
in her infinite capacity of heart.
Inside a mother, a warrior princess
abides, primed to rise to the call. 

Brenda Smith's "Summer, Fall, Swaying, Bending" after Alix Hitchcock

Brenda Smith photographed at Caldwell Arts Council in front of one of the four Alix Hitchcock pieces that inspired her poem for Art of P...