Doug McHargue’s “Tall Space of July” after Fanjoy Labrenz

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Doug McHargue stands in front of the Fanjoy Labrenz work that inspired her poem at the September 17, 2016 Art of Poetry event.  The Art of Poetry gathers again at 2 pm, Saturday, December 3 at Hickory Museum of Art for a new tour of art through poetry.  It is free and open to the public, so please join us! Photo courtesy of Roger and Ginny Sanford.

Doug McHargue
TALL SPACE OF JULY
after “Untitled” by Fanjoy Labrenz

The hot afternoon
taken to the floor’s
cool level plane,
let the day beat
too many wings
flailing, striking walls
like a bird in a stifling cage,
but mother not ironing,
stretched out, arm across
brow, steam iron demons
dancing through her Julys,
through the room’s mirage
I barely see, listless eyes
and dreamy head filled
with sounds, the drone
of little T.V.s
the constant soap opera
the mahogany fan
lifting layer after layer
of heat from our bodies
to old ceilings that stir
it up, mix it up,
take it.

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Betty O’Hearn’s “Miracle Lift Off” after Norma Suddreth

imageBetty O’Hearn reads her poem at the Art of Poetry event on September 17, 2016 at Hickory Museum of Art.  Betty’s poetry was inspired by a painting from the series of Norma Suddreth works based on her visit to the Holy Land. Photo courtesy of Roger and Ginny Sanford.

Betty O’Hearn
MIRACLE LIFT OFF
after “Synagogue at Capernaum” by Norma S. Suddreth

Located on the Sea of Galilee, it was
a warm day in April when I first saw you.
Touching your walls I closed my eyes
and placed myself in the presence of
the Christ.

This is the city where he called
home after he left Nazareth. It was
more suited to his energetic ministry.
He came to teach in this synagogue
on Shabbat.

Capernaum, the epicenter and
beginning of Christ’s miracles. It
is here that he performed his
first exorcism. It is here where
the centurion asked for the healing
of his servant.

Stand by this synagogue and
feel history. Listen to the Spirit
tell you its story. Many teachings
and miracles took place. The
sacred and ancient synagogue
asks that you touch and listen.

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Melissa Hager’s “Missed” after Fanjoy Labrenz

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This untitled Fanjoy Labrenz piece inspired Melissa Hager’s poem. She is photographed reading the work at Art of Poetry on September 17, 2016 at Hickory Museum of Art. Photo courtesy of Roger and Ginny Sanford.

Saturday, November 19 is the last day to submit poems to be considered for the December 3, 2016 Art of Poetry.  Get by the museum and see what inspires you!

Melissa Hager
MISSED
After “Untitled” by Fanjoy Labrenz

First poem, written on a beach,
“Sunrise Loving Me”.
Words misspelled, mis-onomatopoeia-ed
squawk of pelicans,
screech of gulls, missing a poetic
beat, or five. Memories fade
in a misty haze as the childhood
missile moves farther away in time.
Engine misfires on the drive,
gets rustier with each passing mile.
Goodbye missive to a sunrise
on a wispy beach of old,
eyes on a mountain sunset.

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Beth King’s”Come To Me, Holy Spirit” after Norma Suddreth

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Beth King photographed at the September 17, 2016 Art of Poetry event at Hickory Museum of Art. Beth’s poem was inspired by artist Norma Suddreth’s works from her visit to the Holy Land. Photo courtesy of Roger and Ginny Sanford. 

Be aware the final submission date for the December 3, 2016 Art of Poetry is November 19! For submission guidelines and eligible exhibitions, read below.

Beth King
COME TO ME, HOLY SPIRIT
after “The Holy Spirit” by Norma Suddreth

Come to Me, Holy Spirit;
Come to Me, Snow Dove of Peace,
The Ivory in Thy Chestnut of Wisdom,
The Mahogany Branch in Thy Gem of Peace.

Come to Me, Holy Spirit,
Be Thy Sovereign Path to God,
Guide Me to the Lamp That Lights My Song On The Mountain,
Place the Palms on the Road of My Wholesomeness.

Come to Me, Holy Spirit,
Help Me Each Day to Be The Joy of Thy Salvation,
Share with Me the Flame that Fans Your Wings Inspire to Mercy,
Let Me Be the Branch of Peace That Passes All Understanding.

Come to Me, Holy Spirit,
I am Not as I Was, Even as a Child Hiding in the Darkness,
I am Not as I Shall Be, the Daughter in Whom Christ is Well Pleased,
I am Not as the Truth of Me Is, A New Creation in Christ, Belonging Only to God.

The submission deadline is November 19, 2016 and the reading will be December 3 at 2:00.

To submit, simply go to the museum and write poems about the works on exhibit. Please note the dates of eligible exhibits below. Submissions should:
-include name of the artist and the title of the inspiring work
-be typed in the body of an email (do not send attachments)
-be typed using 12-point Arial font, single spaced
-be sent to Kelly DeMaegd at geneandkelly@charter.net
-Art of Poetry will use no more than 3 poems by any individual poet
-Art of Poetry reserves the right to decline work that may not be appropriate in content, or of literary quality as determined by its panel of judges.

Approximately 20 poems will be selected to be displayed at the museum and to be read by the author (or selected substitute reader) at the reading. The reading is free and open to the public. Audiences have ranged from 15 to 45 people. After the reading, with permission of the poet and artist, poems will be posted on the Art of Poetry website at http://www.artofpoetry.net

Eligible exhibits are as follows:
·Pat Viles Retrospective (2nd Fl. Coe Gallery; September 3 – December 4)
-Whitener and Warhol: Juxtaposed (1st Fl. Whitener Gallery; Through 7/16/17
-Different Strokes by Different Folks: Works by the Foothills Painters (1st Fl. Regal and Gifford Galleries; 10/15/16 – 2/12/17)
-Innocent and Ethereal: The Visionary World of Paul Lancaster (1st Fl. Shuford Gallery; 11/19/16 – 3/5/17) Since this exhibit won’t be up before the submission deadline, you can ask for images of Paul’s work at the second floor desk.
·Discover Folk Art (3rd Fl. Ongoing)
·Glass & Pottery from the Permanent Collection (2nd Fl. Objects Gallery; Ongoing)
Hope to see you and/or your work at the next Art of Poetry!

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Les Brown’s “Horizon” after Charles Basham

imageArt of Poetry posts when exhibits will be taken down, but occasionally there will be a glitch. Les Brown, photographed reading above, was inspired by a Basham work prematurely removed to accommodate another exhibit.  Thanks to an Art of Poetry attendee who became an easel, we can see the artwork that produced this lovely poem. Photo courtesy of Roger and Ginny Sanford.

Les Brown
HORIZON
after “Across the Winter Field” by Charles Basham

The tired farmer rests.
Firewood is in and milking
finished. By the wavy window
he sits looking across the snow
skiffed hayfield, gaze rising
to the purpled clouds hiding
the burning sunset. She is there
just past the tree-fringing
horizon, somewhere, nowhere
unless he can believe.
He tries, listens to sermons
telling of a place where she
waits for him. He looks
hard, distant, far beyond
the cold field of thin snow,
past purple clouds into blue
and golden light for hope
that his winter will end soon.
Snow will soften the ground
and the dogwood will bloom.

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Jane Shlensky’s “Horizons” after Fanjoy Labrenz

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Poet Jane Shlensky was inspired by the Fanjoy Labrenz piece pictured above.  Art of Poetry’s Betty O’Hearn shared “Horizons” with the audience at the September 17, 2016 event at Hickory Museum of Art.  Photo courtesy of Roger and Ginny Sanford.

Jane Shlensky
HORIZONS
after “Aurora 12” by Fanjoy Labrenz

What of earth is really sky?
What of sky has dropped to dwell
on mountain peaks, seas, valleys, plains?
What cloud gods live above,
fall down to rise again like mist,
their essence rose and gold at dawn
their blessing blueing, moonlight kissed?

The stuff of life rises and falls,
bright waves crashing on rocks and sand,
sweet hope reaching to take our hands
and guide us to look closely, cherish, hold
whatever kindness chooses to unfold.
Whether it raises us up or kneels us down
hardly matters. Gift is ours, now.
And now. And now.

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Joyce Brown’s “How Gardens Are Left Behind” after Charles Basham And Details for December’s AOP Submissions

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Have a little help from our friend! Joyce Brown had written her piece around an artwork that had to be prematurely taken down, but trusty Art of Poetry attendees are always ready to assist.  Photo courtesy of Roger and Ginny Sanford.

Joyce Brown
HOW GARDENS ARE LEFT BEHIND
after “Abandoned Garden” by Charles Basham

These old abandoned gardens
whisper stories of the women
who finally gave up, were themselves
abandoned, left to grow old alone.
The neighbors put up wire fences,
harbored tall trees against the past.
So many lost days! Foxgloves unkempt,
lobelia strangled by billowing grass,
wild cherry sprouting, uncontained.

My grandmother sold her fine
formal boxwoods after Henry died.
What need of such stiff companions
when here, against the porch
her irises bloomed royal purple,
her firebush flourished beside the fig?
Shoots of spirea overflowed in white
streams between the walnut trees.
All gone now, except a smallest twig,
a scattering of red dabs, iris blades
green and barren when April comes.
Only wild and golden buttercups
shine within the folds of pasture grass.

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The submission deadline is November 19, 2016 and the reading will be December 3 at 2:00.

To submit, simply go to the museum and write poems about the works on exhibit. Please note the dates of eligible exhibits below. Submissions should:
-include name of the artist and the title of the inspiring work
-be typed in the body of an email (do not send attachments)
-be typed using 12-point Arial font, single spaced
-be sent to Kelly DeMaegd at geneandkelly@charter.net
-Art of Poetry will use no more than 3 poems by any individual poet
-Art of Poetry reserves the right to decline work that may not be appropriate in content, or of literary quality as determined by its panel of judges.

Approximately 20 poems will be selected to be displayed at the museum and to be read by the author (or selected substitute reader) at the reading. The reading is free and open to the public. Audiences have ranged from 15 to 45 people. After the reading, with permission of the poet and artist, poems will be posted on the Art of Poetry website at http://www.artofpoetry.net

Eligible exhibits are as follows:
·Pat Viles Retrospective (2nd Fl. Coe Gallery; September 3 – December 4)
-Whitener and Warhol: Juxtaposed (1st Fl. Whitener Gallery; Through 7/16/17
-Different Strokes by Different Folks: Works by the Foothills Painters (1st Fl. Regal and Gifford Galleries; 10/15/16 – 2/12/17)
-Innocent and Ethereal: The Visionary World of Paul Lancaster (1st Fl. Shuford Gallery; 11/19/16 – 3/5/17) Since this exhibit won’t be up before the submission deadline, you can ask for images of Paul’s work at the second floor desk.
·Discover Folk Art (3rd Fl. Ongoing)
·Glass & Pottery from the Permanent Collection (2nd Fl. Objects Gallery; Ongoing)
Hope to see you and/or your work at the next Art of Poetry!

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