Monday, August 20, 2018

Gena Williams's "All Dressed Up" after Sharon McCullough


Gena Williams photographed at Caldwell Arts Council on June 9, 2018 sharing her work beside Sharon McCullough's whimsical piece, All Dressed Up.


ALL DRESSED UP 
by Gena Williams
after Sharon McCullough’s All Dressed Up

I see you standing there,
All dressed up.
Tall and statuesque,
Your self-control amazing.
Your thoughts a mystery,
But your composure undeniable.
A woman to be seen and never heard.

Many a man would love to have
A woman like you.

Did you choose this life of silence,
Of paralysis and steel?
Do thoughts of freedom run through
That pretty little head?
If you could, would you jump down
And run far away?
At night, when no one’s looking,
Do you dance?


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.

SUMMER, FALL, SWAYING, BENDING 
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
artofpoetrycv@gmail.com
-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 http://www.artofpoetrycv.blogspot.com
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. 

FREE FLIGHT

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.  

WHAT REMAINS
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.


HER WARRIOR PRINCESS
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. 



Monday, June 25, 2018

Kourtney Rabinowitz's "Chrysalis" after Alix Hitchcock

Kourtney Rabinowitz photographed at the Art of Poetry Catawba Valley event on June 9, 2018. She reads in front of the Alix Hitchcock piece that inspired her work at Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC.



CHRYSALIS
By Kourtney Rabinowitz
after Evolving Moves by Alix Hitchcock

Her thoughts tumble and twist
Insisting she reach toward them
She resists folding away

Persisting they entangle her
Twisting their vines around her arms
Wrapping around her legs.

She is cocooned
Hoping she is actually a butterfly.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Steve Downing's "All Dressed Up" after Sharon McCullough



Steve Downing reads his poem inspired by Sharon McCullough's whimsical sculpture at the Art of Poetry Catawba Valley event on June 9, 2018 in Lenoir. Many thanks to Caldwell Arts Council and Executive Director, Lindsay Barrick, for inviting us to tour the wonderful exhibits through ekphrastic poetry.


ALL DRESSED UP
by Steve Downing
after sculpture All Dressed Up by Sharon McCullough 

Hoop Skirts, Farthingale, Panniers, Crinoline.
Whatever the name,
An Elegant Ensemble 
For the dress up game

Ready for a night out:
A Damsel so fair
With lipstick, polished nails, 
Perfume and coiffured hair

Champagne and Cocktails?
Dinner and a Dance?
Orchestral Concert? 
A night of Romance?

Reminiscent of Tara and Miss Scarlet
Cotillion? Debutante Ball?
Perhaps In Charleston
At Boone Hall

Ah yes! Hoop Skirts…
Southern Charm with Southern Style



Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Carly Schwartz's "Kites" after Owen-Murakami and Van Ameyden


Carly Schwartz shares her poem inspired by the Kites installation of Michigan artists, Ginger Owen-Murakami and Vickie Van Ameyden on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC. It was the first foray of the newly formed Art of Poetry Catawba Valley. 15 poets participated in the event.  Subscribe and stay posted for our next tour melding poetry with art.

KITES
by Carly Schwartz
after Ginger Owen-Murakami and Vickie Van Ameyden

Gentle entanglements of
delicately strewn
spider-like string
respites on a smooth
reflective surface

Spectral shadows revealed
cast by translucent kites
strung with chaotic care

Captured snapshots suspended
between ceiling and floor
between white and black
between life and death

Each silken strand
connecting lives connecting 
generations of memories
held onto by a singular child
whose entity is absent

Pronounced by her little
pristine white dress 
delicately stitched 
by loving hands
whereupon
dreams were dashed 

A youthful departure
preordained to endure
among ephemeral
moments where
Her kite soars

Many thanks to Lindsay Barrick and the Caldwell Arts Council for hosting us. Thankful for all who came!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Art of Poetry Catawba Valley Begins 2018 Tour at Caldwell Arts Council in June


Art of Poetry Catawba Valley is a newly formed Art of Poetry, which as a program of Hickory Museum of Art since 2013, melded art and writing in the form of ekphrastic poetry. In June, Art of Poetry CV will journey into Caldwell County for its first outing of 2018.
Caldwell Arts Council will host two exhibits in which Art of Poetry CV will participate - Pieced Together and Heritage Habitats. The opening reception for the artworks is May 4, 2018 and the pieces will be exhibited through June 16.
To submit, simply go to Caldwell Arts Council and write poems about the works on exhibit.   The submission deadline is midnight, May 26, 2018 and the readings will be June 9 at 2 pm at Caldwell Arts Council.
Submissions should:
-include name of the artist and the title of the inspiring work
-be typed in the body of an email (do not send attachments)
-be sent to Melissa Hager at
artofpoetrycv@gmail.com
-Art of Poetry will use no more than 3 poems per individual poet
-Art of Poetry 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 http://www.artofpoetrycv.blogspot.com
The reading is free and open to the public.
Hope to have your poetry in the first Art of Poetry Catawba Valley event!


Gena Williams's "All Dressed Up" after Sharon McCullough

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