Sunday, February 24, 2019

Ethan Hoge's "Evil Bunnies" after Momoyo Torimitsu

Art of Poetry Catawba Valley's Patricia Deaton shares the sinister poem of Ethan Hoge at the October 13, 2018 tour of Hickory Museum of Art. 

by Ethan Hoge
After Somehow I Don’t Feel Comfortable by Momoyo Torimitsu

The rabbits are big
I am extremely disturbed
First cute, then evil

Their pink cuteness hides
Evil they have inside
Their impact just grows

They are changing lives -
Is being slaughtered

Disturbingly cute
They try to decide the things
You should decide

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Samantha Stephens's "Now You See Me" after Billie Grace Lynn

Alexander Early College instructor, Jane Lucas, shares her student's poem inspired by the BLOW UP artist, Billie Grace Lynn. Samantha Stephens was unable to attend the tour on October 13, 2019.

by Samantha Stephens
after White Elephant by Billie Grace Lynn

Now you see me,
My posture high, robust,
As I reach out with my burly trunk
Emitting such fictitious evocation.
Now you see me
Filled with empowerment,
Audacious and monumental.
Reach out, if you dare.
Feel my solace and shield.
Now you see me
Encompassing more than intuition,
Reaching deep for vitality.
Deliver me from departure.
I am very much treasured
To the point of termination.
For now, you see me.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Patricia Deaton's "Old House" after Douglas Grant

Art of Poetry's Patricia Deaton shares her poem inspired by the Douglas Grant watercolor at Art of Poetry Catawba Valley's tour of Hickory Museum of Art - October 13, 2018.

by Patricia Deaton
after Over Yander by Douglas Grant

Old House, call the young girl home
who cooked for those who raised your roof that day.

They lingered underneath this oak, among them
young men, bound to go to war.

Call to that whole family, sick inside your cozy walls
order nailed upon the door to keep disease and death in.

They rest now upon the rise, stones as white as bones
that mark their graves.

Call to the man who wanders in across the yard
from bottom land, and wonders if he’s seen this place before

Upstairs in dreams, he cries for things he never will forget
and hopes, to God, he never sees again.

Old house, call all the people home who filled
your days with hard and less-hard ways of life
back thenwhen innocence could not last for long.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Melissa Hager's "Revelation 2" after Robert Eades

Robert Eades's provocative elevator room installation is the subject of "Revelation 2" by Melissa Hager. She shared the poem at the Hickory Museum of Art tour on October 13, 2018.  The next Art of Poetry Catawba Valley tour of an art institution will be announced in the coming weeks. Photo courtesy of Hickory Museum of Art.

By Melissa Hager
after elevator room installation by Robert Eades

Focus on God’s beauty 
even descending into the abyss. 
Every roll, dip and sway experienced 
is within Alpha and Omega’s mighty hand.

He didn’t create the metal tube, engines, 
within which to plunge 
into the storm. He didn’t compel 
you buy the ticket to ride. 

Yahweh gives a world with water, 
food, air, resources for shelter. 
As His gifts are depleted, 
to grant the greed of Adam 

and Eve’s offspring, the snake 
gets the last bite. 
But the devil too will perish
in an unsustainable world. 

Betty O'Hearn's "Homes of Crayons" after Diane Podolsky

Art of Poetry Catawba Valley's Patricia Deaton reads the poem by Betty O'Hearn at the tour of Alexander County Library on July 1...