May 5, 2016

Poetry Friday--Postcard Exchange

Amy Souza, the woman who began the Spark: art from writing, writing from art quarterly challenge, hosts another challenge in between the Spark months. It is a postcard exchange wherein one creates original art on a postcard that is sent to individuals in assigned groups. I had to create four pieces to send to women in California, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin. As to what should go on the postcard, Amy said,
Your creativity is the limit...anything that will go through the postal system works.

A photograph (taken by you) and printed on a card; a drawing, painting, or collage; an erasure poem; an existing postcard altered in some way.
We had the month of April to complete the assignment and send out the postcards.

I love spring, and the reappearance of birds, so, I decided to go with an avian theme. I wrote four short poems that I then illustrated. I created them in 4 X 6" size so that I could have them printed at CVS. (Unfortunately, the photo paper seemed really thin, so I ended up putting the poems in an envelop rather than sending them as postcards.)

I managed to get them mailed in time, so, I hope the recipients have received them by now.

A haiku (the birds are only implied):


A tanka:


A little ditty:


A short narrative poem:


Illustrated poems © Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

You may have seen that cat photo before, it's my indoor cat, Skippy. I've used it with other poems, however, I altered the photo significantly, so it doesn't look exactly like the other illustrations. The other three poems I illustrated using public domain images.

Don't forget the Poetry Friday Round-Up is being hosted this week by Sylvia at Poetry for Children.

Be sure to come back next week when I'll be sharing my Massachusetts Poetry Festival experiences of last weekend-- that is, if I can read my notes!

April 28, 2016

Poetry Friday--Heading to the Mass Poetry Festival!

From the 2012 festival--some of the poets whose work appears in Villanelles edited by Annie Finch and Marie-Elizabeth Mali ("Everyman's Library Pocket Poems," Alfred A. Knopf, 2012).

Okay, you are going to be soooo envious! Here's a partial list of who will be speaking or reading at this year's Mass Poetry Festival being held today through Sunday in Salem, MA: Martha Collins, Mark Doty, Edward Hirsch, Marie Howe, Gregory Pardlo, and Charles Simic.

I'll be staying in a B & B for two nights and I'm expecting to thoroughly enjoy my immersion in poetry! Before I head out, though, let me share a poem by one of the attending poets not listed above, Ada Limón. Limón's Bright Dead Things: Poems, was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award.
Roadside Attractions with the Dogs of America

It’s a day when all the dogs of all
the borrowed houses are angel footing
down the hard hardwood of middle-America’s
newly loaned-up renovated kitchen floors,
and the world’s nicest pie I know
is somewhere waiting for the right
time to offer itself to the wayward
and the word-weary. How come the road
goes coast to coast and never just
dumps us in the water, clean and
come clean, like a fish slipped out
of the national net of "longing for joy."
How come it doesn’t? Once, on a road trip
through the country, a waitress walked
in the train’s diner car and swished
her non-aproned end and said,
"Hot stuff and food too." My family
still says it, when the food is hot,
and the mood is good inside the open windows.

Read the rest here and you'll learn what role the dogs play!

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April 26, 2016

Haiku Sticky #355

A tanka sticky rather than a haiku sticky!


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

April 25, 2016

Ekphrastic Mondays #4


Welcome to week #4's celebration of Frederick Childe Hassam, ekphrasis, and National Poetry Month!


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. "The Table Garden" (1910), oil painting by Frederick Childe Hassam, courtesy The Athenaeum.

Thanks for viewing my 2016 National Poetry Month Monday exercise in ekphrasis!