March 10, 2017

Poetry Friday--Woodcut Project

This week I've been working on some woodcut project poems. A little bit of this, a little bit of that. Here are two. The first is not quite successful visually, but I like the poem.


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

her schedule filled
she always manages
a daydream


This next one actually depresses the hell out of me. In the background I have forest facts from Save America's Forests. But all aspects of the environment are in danger. Enough said.


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Text:

when greed
has overcome need
how to survive
if our only pathway
ends in annihilation


Look for a brighter batch of poems at the Poetry Friday Round-Up being held at Today's Little Ditty.

22 comments:

  1. Wow. I love both of these Diane. I love the way you have matched image, background and wors so effectively. That final 'annihilation' sent a shiver down my spine.

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    1. It's so sad to think we purposefully ignore the consequences of greed at the peril of the earth and its creatures.

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  2. I prefer to be a daydreamer but one of these days we have to face the facts of our greed. And it's not so pretty. The woodcuts make wonderful images.

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    1. I love the simplicity of the woodcuts. A lot of white space allows for enhancement.

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  3. I actually quite like the visual for the first one, because it's surprising and thought-provoking. You have to think about whether the haiku is referring to the cow or the woman! My vote is for the former. :)

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    1. Well, the cow in the picture does seem to be a bit disconnected from what's going on with the woman.

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  4. The visuals and the poems are such a beautiful combination. Both poems speak to me, the first in the sense I am constantly busy but do still find myself pausing to daydream. The second reminds me about my thoughts on consumption and materialism. Thank you for this lovely poems.

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    1. One should never forego daydreaming!

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  5. I do enjoy your match-ups, poems with pictures. The first is a lovely nod to women today, too, & this week's celebrations. I'm overwhelmed trying to act against the terrible things that are happening in our country now. You've shown that worry about the EPA changes beautifully & sorrowfully, Diane. Thanks for the thoughtful poems this week.

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  6. We are becoming all about need, depresses the hell out of me, too.

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    1. You have the opportunity to affect the thoughts of your students--it is an awesome task.

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  7. I love these both! So thoughtful and elegant, with so much emotion being expressed in just a few carefully chosen words. I for one am never too busy to daydream - sometimes I think it's the only thing that keeps me ticking along when life gets to be a bit too much!

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    1. Daydreams and poetry go hand in hand.

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  8. Love these woodcut poems, Diane. Both are so well suited to the images. The second one with the text in the background is especially effective (and yes, the thought of annihilation is very depressing).

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  9. I like what you did with those woodcuts. The first makes me think of me. :-) And the second makes me remember how glad I was to see that the battle for Standing Rock is not over, and that the native Americans have taken the protest to DC. The tipis on the lawn with the monuments in the back. Love it. How dare they run the pipelines over tribal lands? Greed is the reason.

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    1. It's funny how renewables could be equally as profitable if only we'd invest a little time and money on the front end, but it seems that instant gratification ($$) is what we're all about.

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  10. Interesting direction to go in, Diane. Where are you finding these? I especially love how the 2nd is a woodcut of woodcutting.

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  11. I did like the first one. So surprising to think about daydreams in this setting. Lovely work.

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