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Stephen & Inman & Jordan – May.14

Clinton Inman, Carol Stephen, and Mia Jordan traded art and words. Clinton shared this painting, entitled “Crosstown,” with Carol:


In response, Carol wrote this poem:

Reflections in Shadow Light

Shadows lengthen in the alley crosstown
somewhere, skyscrapers threaten to fold in on him
the way his world is folding layer on layer
with each step she takes away from their life.

If he could, he would follow, reach for her arm,
merge his shadow with her own, make new promises,
ones the colour of truth and love, but each footstep
hammers into his heart like nails.

All he can do now is watch, surrounded by his
own silence, the right words lost to him
under the city’s clamour and glare. Only her perfume
floats back on strands of memory, only the echo of her farewell.

* * * * *

Carol shared this poem with Mia:

The Rocks We Moor Upon Have Shifted

A heap of broken images.
The sun.
The dead tree.

Among the stones— here, and
each place where
someone fell away from our lives

the rocks we moor upon
                        have shifted. We find our own way
                                    of being in the world.

The dead tree shed seeds on the wind
before dying. The sun
comes again at morning.

                       In the shift of rock, sand.
                                   On the wind, seeds.
                                              Feathers of birds.

In response, Mia made this painting, entitled “de-composition,” of paint, wood, and cherry blossoms:


9 Comments leave one →
  1. May 16, 2014 11:03 pm

    Clinton, your work resonated with me as soon as I saw the image, and I am very pleased with the opportunity to have created a poem based on it.

    Mia, I love your painting based on my poem The Rocks We Moor Upon… thanks so much for working with my piece!

  2. Debbie permalink
    May 17, 2014 7:28 am

    Brought to life through words and images both. Thank you

  3. May 17, 2014 10:56 am

    Great collaboration, you three! Congrats!

  4. May 17, 2014 6:49 pm

    Carol–Love this!

    • May 17, 2014 7:07 pm

      Thanks, Barbara! I really enjoy working in this form, ekphrastics!

  5. May 21, 2014 9:03 pm

    Carol – thanks so much for the kind words – your poetry lends itself to so many visual possibilities! Love it!

  6. July 13, 2014 5:29 pm

    I thought I had commented before Carol, but it doesn’t look like it…these are wonderful…rich, evocative…I like both poems and art, but especially the art that was inspired by your second poem. Very cool.

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