As I haven’t painted (or posted on this blog for that matter!) since the summer, when I spotted a post this week from An Mayou, an artist and haiku poet from Colorado, requesting some words to accompany her excellent piece of artwork, I decided to have a go.
The objective of a haiga is not to produce a haiku that simply describes what’s in the image, because the viewer/reader absorbs this information visually, but to combine it with one that is either in direct contrast with or complements the image. The resulting artistic collaboration should create a completely new narrative in the reader’s mind according to his/her own experience.
In An’s painting, the bareness of the dark trees with their stark branches suggested loneliness or grief to me, so I decided to write about a memory, in this case, the memory of spring and of someone who has departed. I hinted at the season through the use of a kigo (a season word) in this case ‘bluebells’, as they are abundant then. ‘Winter’ is itself a season that suggests death, so from the outset it is a sad path travelled in this haiga.
I am honoured that An loves the resulting haiga and has invited me to share it!
Posted in Art, artwork and poetry, haiga, haiku, My Poetry
Tagged An Mayou, art, collaboration, forest, haiga, haiku, haiku poetry, woods
I have been trying to paint a nose ring on an Indian bride all afternoon and it has proved to be one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to complete. I started this painting about eighteen months ago and was too afraid to attempt the nose ring at the time, so I put it away and forgot about it.
However, when I learned that I would be participating in an art exhibition next week, I thought it would be the perfect incentive to finish the painting. The photograph was taken at a Hindu wedding I attended in Delhi in 2006 and, although I’m pleased enough with the result, it doesn’t look anything like the bride, Kiran – but at least I finished it!
Burning Bush 2
online literary magazine
Inspiration comes in many forms and I have just had a piece of work published that started life when I stuck a pin in a map of the world.
Earlier in the year, our writing group tried an exercise where each member researched the location they arrived at and used this to produce a piece of work for the next meeting.
My pin landed in Cardigan Bay, Wales, and I ended up immersed in mythology and folklore based on a Welsh version of Atlantis, from which I wrote a haibun (a combination of prose and haiku)
I recommend this exercise if you are stuck for a topic to write about or are experiencing a bout of writers’ block.
Anyway, here is the link if you want to have a look. It’s on page 32. Burning Bush 2, Issue 5.
My poem, ‘Purple Etheree’, is published today on Postcard Poems & Prose. This unusual poetry form (well I’d never heard of it until a couple of years ago ) uses syllable count rather than meter and is named after its creator, Etheree Taylor Armstrong.
The basic etheree is a poem of ten lines, the first consisting of just one syllable, the second of two syllables and so on, ending with a ten-syllable final line. There is also a reversed etheree, which begins with ten syllables and ends with one.
To arrive at my postcard, I combined my poem with a painting I produced last summer of an iris – hence the ‘Purple’ Etheree! Why not have a look here…
Two of my haiku have just been published in the June issue of A Hundred Gourds, a Japanese-style, short form journal.
remembering to side-step
where I slipped last year
the combined whoosh
of both grans’ umbrellas
Haiku poet Kala Ramesh has produced an article on Haiku in India, which looks really interesting.
The following haiku was published in Frogpond, the journal of the American Haiku Society and I heard recently that another has been accepted, but I can’t put that up here until it has been published there!
grandma’s kitchen . . .
a star-covered teacup
for the gypsy lady
Finally, I heard today that the following three were published in Shamrock, Journal of the Irish Haiku Society.
cold snap –
a sparrow flicks its tail
buds and mist
I have had some artwork and poetry published today over at Postcard Poems & Prose. This is a great ezine that combines writing, art and photography, so if you are in interested in viewing or submitting some of your work, why not grab a coffee and come on over for a look here!
Also, a reminder of this year’s Guinness International Blues on the Bay Festival 2013 in my hometown of Warrenpoint, which inspired my poem.
My pastel drawing of Mirenda Rosenberg, who regularly performs at the festival.
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Tagged A New Ulster, Bamboo Dreams, blues festival, Blues on the Bay, International Guinness Blues on the Bay Festival, Irish landscapes, landscapes, Mirenda Rosenberg, oil on canvas, oil painting, Original Irish art, pastel drawing, poetry