Art More Than a Pretty Picture
Some of you may be aware, if you follow me on FB, that I often write poetry to various visual art mediums and photographs. Favorite artists that really inspire me are Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso to name a few. I also enjoy writing to photography. [By the way, I took a class this past winter, Writing from Photographs, (a University of Texas Informal Class) which was wonderful. I highly recommend it and if you are interested this class is being offered this fall (2015). Visit the Univ of TX (Austin) Informal Class website (www.utinformalclasses.com) for more information.]
Writing from visual art and photography are a couple of great ways to develop that creative muscle. Nature, music, movies, a converation with a friend or stranger are yet more ways. Be open and diligent to all forms of inspiration and express your unique voice in whatever fashion is comfortable for you.
The below poem was inspired by a van Gogh painting from 1886, "Terrace in the Luxembourg Gardens".
late summer stroll begging forgiveness is futile limbs turn limp leaves blow by unheard land at my feet questioning breath heavy as hostile death dirt disengages soul survival certainly forgotten pretty petticoats dangle from a splintered headboard indented feather bed remembrance pecks constant outline rotted roots coiled tight summer stroll futile existence