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Where text meets image. Where the visual intersects the literary.

Month: May, 2013

Look by Rumi

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Look as long as you can
at the friend you love
No matter whether that friend is moving away from you
or coming back toward you.

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To the best of my knowledge this version of Rumi’s Look is a translation by Coleman Barks.

 

Beulah Hill: Slideshow. by Michael Gallagher

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Crescent Moon hangs loose from sparkling Venus,

Blinking satellite hobbles through cobalt sky,

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City silhouettes haunt low horizon,

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On a garden bench, frozen crystals

Reflect the hidden stars,

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Robin song greets nascent dawn,

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Chimney crow steals dregs

Of last night’s heat.

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Sudden gust stirs the stillness,

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Threads the willows dangling tresses,

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Scrapes the bones of a dying oak

And drives snow-clouds over

Croydon Town.

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Mike Gallagher’s collection ‘Stick on Stone’ is published by Revival Press. His poetry has been published worldwide and translated into Croatian, Japanese, Dutch, German and Chinese.

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Before deciding to address Beulah Hill: Slideshow. I had been creating images of an eBook Reader in the future, discovered as temperatures shifted, revealing a poem covered with soil and frost & still mysteriously visible. I decided to adapt those visuals and, befitting the poem, layer earth-tones with space images from the NASA Goddard Photo and Video files @ Wikipedia Commons.

O Christ Cedar by Susan McCaslin

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You among emerald drapery

from your wind-

stormed outpost

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plank and plane

vertical-horizontal world pivot

sprung from coastal seed

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humming core

flaking bark

woodpecker’s grail

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growing a wilder carpentry

taller masonry

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Be in us the world’s resinous heart

hung in a spackled sky—

forest green

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hoist and balance

equipoise and reach

sylvan singer song

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Susan McCaslin, author of Demeter Goes Skydiving (University of Alberta Press, 2011), initiated the Han Shan Poetry Project in November of 2013, a union of the arts and activism to save an ancient rainforest in Langley, British Columbia. http://www.susanmccaslin.ca

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Artist Stasja Voluti generously allowed me to reconfigure and manipulate her photographs of cedar trees and ‘things cedar’ including crows visiting cedars. To learn more about her work visit: http://talonbooks.com/meta-talon/surrealism-in-text-and-image-a-conversation

 Nest and Three Eggs of Cardinal in Cedar Tree photographed by W. L. McAtee in 1905 as part of the series Birds of the Vicinity of the University of Indiana.