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Leaf Blowers Reverberate

Time passes by a leaf blower, I think.  "Silver Seasons of Heartache" #6 Graphic Phrase

Don't Ask Me to Make Love

I sometimes (maybe often) want to break every tea cup when I am upset (especially from love related moments). I wanted to capture these instances from "Silver Seasons of Heartache". This is a graphic phrase from my 5th poem in the collection.

She Said, "Smile".

"Silver Seasons of Heartache" has inappropriate humor in a heartbroken moment. I wanted to capture it using a leftover cutout from the cover art for Rachel Custer's poetry book. (Graphic Phrase Project #4)

My Poetry Chapbooks at ETSY

"Silver Seasons of Heartache" and "Home, No Home" are on sale at my Etsy store. I am closing the shop shortly after supplies are gone!

Cover Art for Rachel Custer

I am really thankful that Rachel Custer and her publisher (Five Oaks Press) trust my art and use it for her first book. You may enjoy reading her poetry book. I absolutely did. Your may purchase her poetry book fromFive Oaks Press. (Photo by Rachel)

“Cracked Sky”

Graphic Phrase from Lunch Time Atlas, "Silver Seasons of Heartache"

Lunch Time Atlas, the third poem in “Silver Seasons of Heartache”, is about someone wanting to talk to her co-worker; however, she does not have the chance to start a conversation. Maybe she is shy, or he is simply not interested in her. Either way, this is a heartbroken moment. In the poem, she holds his hand and leaps into the sky—like jumping into the beautiful cloudless reflection of a pool—and she imagines herself saying, “You will have a great time with me!”
For this graphic phrase, I wanted to explore how to visually express a “cracked sky”. So, I observed the sky—it was a day with a solar eclipse no less!—and used a cut of origami left over from “A Big Bowl of Beef Stew”(#1), layered it with summer-like colored paper used in “From an Apartment”(#2), and, for the glare in the sky, added gold paper from “Mugwort’s Leaves”(#3). *Note: Graphic Phrase is a miniature version of graphic poetry. Currently, I …

Graphic Phrase Is

Graphic Phrase is a miniature version of graphic poetry. Currently, I am translating my chapbook, "Silver Seasons of Heartache" (Glass Lyre Press), into graphic phrases using leftover origami paper from my previous graphic poetry project. Twenty seven graphic phrases will be posted from today. Enjoy.

#2 Garphic Phrase from "Silver Seasons of Heartache"

Graphic Phrase from "Silver Seasons of Heartache"

#1 Graphic Phrase from "Silver Seasons of Heartache"

Graphic Phrase from "Silver Seasons of Heartache"

Poetry Reading at Kafein Cafe

TONIGHT (August 17, 2017) at 6:30 - 8pm Kafein Cafe in Evanston, IL

August 15, 1945

Japan surrendered to the Allied Forces on August 15, 1945. This is 72 years since the end of World War II. War does not only bring out the worst between countries, but also individuals as well. Like when my grandfather lost his hearing in one ear when his own General struck him out of frustration.

Woman Made Gallery Reading – Wild Cuts: Collage and Beyond

Photo by Woman Made Gallery Reading – Wild Cuts: Collage and Beyond on Friday, August 11, 2017
Graphic Poetry = Trans. Sensory
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"Wild Cuts" Poetry Reading at Woman Made Gallery

TODAY (Friday, August 11, 2017)
"Wild Cuts" Poetry Reading at Woman Made Gallery  685 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60642
Event Featuring Poets: Duriel E. Harris, Bethany E. Lee, Simone Muench, Naoko Fujimoto, Carolina Faller Moura, Fulla Abdul-Jabbar and Alison Thumel

Collage has appeared in wildly distinct forms across all the major art, literary and cultural movements of the 20th and 21st century. This event includes collaborative sonnets, Oulipian operations, erasures, a sound/video/spoken word performance, and graphic poetry.

As Ruby Thorkelson, curator for the concurrent art exhibit, writes, "Cutting, pasting, glitching, and bundling, the artworks in 'Wild Cuts' collide to produce a twisting and unstable definition of contemporary collage".

Three Poetry Events in August

Three Poetry Events around Chicago in August
August 11th, Woman Made Gallery "Wild Cut"Featured Poets: Duriel E. Harris, Bethany E. Lee, Simone Muench, Naoko Fujimoto, Carolina Faller Moura, Fulla Abdul-Jabbar and Alison Thumel. (This is my first time to show graphic poetry collection!)

August 14th, Buzz Cafe "Trio of RHINO Poetry Editors Featured Poets:Jan Bottiglieri, Gail Goepfert, and Beth McDermott (They are amazing RHINO editors!)

August 17th, Kafein with local poets and poets from Tupelo's 30/30 project Featured Poets Leonard Zawadski,Naoko Fujimoto, Michael Joseph Garza, Catherine Esther Cowie, and Pablo Otavalo (Have you ever heard Pablo's carefully composed works?)

Woman Made Gallery Literary Series - Graphic Poetry Exhibition, Friday, August 11th

Today, I dropped off my graphic poetry at Woman Made Gallery and met a wonderful curator, Deb Flagel. Please join our poetry reading coordinated by Nina Corwin on August 11th, 7pm at the gallery. Here are pictures of my package and some cool pieces of installation art.

Woman Made Gallery Literary Series

Reading: Wild Cuts: Collage and Beyond

Date: Friday, August 11, 2017/ 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Place: 685 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL

Featured Poets: Duriel E. Harris, Bethany E. Lee, Simone Muench, Naoko Fujimoto, Carolina Faller Moura, Fulla Abdul-Jabbar and Alison Thumel.