June 9, 2017

Poetry Friday--Katku

I have given myself a new project for the summer--Katku. Katku is a name I've come up with for cat haiku, which I've written and illustrated with works of art. The works, by generally unknown American artists, have been altered slightly by the addition of my cat's head. It's a project that combines my love of cats, haiku, and art! Plus, it makes me laugh, and keeps me out of trouble. I posted my first Katku on Happy Haiga Day! this past Sunday and I've repeated it today along with two more:


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. "Preparing to Fish (Boys Fishing)" [circa 1846] by James Henry Cafferty courtesy Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth.

Text:

the cat stares
fishing for the tuna
in my sandwich


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. "Boy with Red Peonies" by Robert Lewis Reid [circa 1910] courtesy The Athenaeum.

Text:

curtain undulates
I feign surprise
as the cat leaps


© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. "The Favorite" by Jean-Leon Gerome Ferris [1890] courtesy The Athenaeum.

Text:

ennui:
cat's acknowledgement of
a human's request


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17 comments:

  1. These are HYSTERICAL! Your cat's face inserted into the art...and your accompanying Katkus...perfection!! Reminds me of the cartoon New Adventures of Queen Victoria.

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    1. Thanks for introducing me to New Adventures... I just spent way too much time in the archives! This one is great: http://www.gocomics.com/thenewadventuresofqueenvictoria/2017/05/26

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  2. These are wonderful, Diane!!

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    1. Thanks, Tabatha. They were fun to do.

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    1. The emphasis on "project" not on "poetry." ;-)

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    1. The cat head really looks like it fits, doesn't it?

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  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE these! Brilliant idea with those cat heads. :) Can't wait for more. Funny, I was craving a tuna sandwich today . . .

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  6. Oh my, Diane, inserting your cat's head creates a whole new story and response, and you responded with the tongue-in-cheek wonderfully. Surely this will be a happy summer of creating.

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    1. Cat ownership does strange things to people...

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  7. These are such fun! I love the addition of the cat's head to the artwork--and the haiku made me laugh with their response!

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    1. We (Skippy the cat and me) aim to please!

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  8. This is an awesome way of staying out of trouble. Too funny!

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  9. Oh. My. Gosh. YOU are the Cat's Meow, my friend... you must know how smitten I am with this & how I look forward to more installments! Mrrrrrrow.

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  10. These are wild, wonderful twist with the cat Diane!

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