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Stephen & Karkar – November 2012

Carol Stephen and Dina Karkar exchanged words and art. Dina shared this painting, “Chaos,” with Carol:

In response, Carol wrote this poem:

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
crimson razzmatazz.

* * * *

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”:

12 Comments leave one →
  1. November 13, 2012 9:52 pm

    Dina, love the painting! Just love it. Thanks for interpreting my poem so beautifully!


    • Dina permalink
      November 14, 2012 2:35 pm

      Thanks, Carol! I love the melodic energy in Jammin’ on the 16, It works wonderfully with the painting.

  2. November 13, 2012 10:41 pm

    “Jammin’ on the 16” reads beautifully, Carol, and I really like how you write your way from observing the painting into the music. The paintings work so well with the words, both as inspiration and inspired. Love this collaboration!

  3. November 14, 2012 12:05 am

    What a great collaboration, you two! Dina, love the way your work both inspires and is inspired by. Carol, your word-play is wonderful. Particularly lines such as: “Words stack, staccato: the wrap” and the way you write yourself from observing Dina’s painting to appreciating jazz.

  4. November 14, 2012 2:08 am

    Thanks so much Linda! This was a fun collaboration~

  5. Louise Henriksen permalink
    November 14, 2012 2:19 am

    Wow, what fun this must be for two talented artists!

    • November 14, 2012 2:19 pm

      Yes, it is a fun challenge. Thanks for visiting, Louise!

  6. November 14, 2012 2:34 am

    Carol; The poems are wonderful!!! Congratulations. Word and image work perfectly together!!!

  7. November 14, 2012 11:53 am

    What fun!

    • November 14, 2012 2:20 pm

      Yes, it was fun. Drop by anytime! Glad you could make it.


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