They quickly became just another thing added to my space.
Yesterday, I happened to come across Laura E. Davis' recent blackout poem "the bride". I'd never heard of blackout poems before, but I was curious (as I often am). She explained that a blackout poem "usually begins with the source text in hard form, like a newspaper article, and the poet redacts text...leaving behind a poem".
It was my turn. I pulled out those aforementioned old books and rifled through my supplies to see how I might bring something to fruition. Laura was spot on with her guess that they'd be natural for me, though I don't often write poems and I'd never used words in my work before.
I opened the book to a random spot, circling words and phrases that caught my eye, that I could bring together to tell a story. I then drew what came to mind as it came together. Not much time passed before I had something.
I didn't want him to forget what I told him.
I went to another world; come and take him home.
Someone left, crying.
I don't believe that boy ain't scared of nothing.
I reached for him.
|"...I don't believe that boy ain't scared of nothing."9"x12"|
mixed media on paper
I'm curious to know what you all think. I may do more of these.
Textual source: Never As Good As The First Time by Mari Walker, St. Martin's Griffin, 2008