Stephen & Karkar – November 2012
Carol Stephen and Dina Karkar exchanged words and art. Dina shared this painting, “Chaos,” with Carol:
Jammin’ on the 16
Fire foregrounds the hot yellow burn—
orange teases rouge, the blue rise
on red, these curves
letters shape, shift, notes lift—
a spider-weave ripple of sound riffles
ground-wave to octave
foreground to ground, form
re-form, each iteration:
music. the poem. the music.
Words stack, staccato: they wrap
rap, finger-snap, bebop, toe-tap tap tap
rebop, trombone, scatting a sax
A long hot lick—
the jazz. the jazz. fire-brick
* * * *
Carol shared this poem with Dina:
Tickle at the Edge of Sound
Water tickles over river stones,
a green whisper at the edge of sound.
In the afterlife of rain, damp leaf-scent
freshens a tongue-tingle of air.
Nestlings beak back a wide-mouth catch of drops
as rain bleeds down every tree branch.
The sky tastes of pale orange cream
and pink raspberry sherbet,
the first sun all day
folds into the clouds to sleep.
In response, Dina made this painting, “Rain, Damp Leaf-Scent”: