Day 11. My annual National Poetry Month 2022 ekphrastic challenge is a collaboration between artists Gaynor Kane, John Phandal Law, Anjum Wasim Dar, and writers, Angi Plant, Tim Fellows, Math Jones, Merril D. Smith, Jamie Woods, Lesley James, Lesley Curwen, Carrie Ann Golden, Peter A., Barbara Leonhard, Jane Dougherty, Eloise Birnam-Wood, Jen Feroze, Vicky Allen, Simon Williams, Dee Roycroft, Jona Roy, Beth Brooke, Caroline Johnstone, Lynne Jensen Lampe and myself. April 11th.

Day Eleven

GK11 Dundee, Graffiti

-Gaynor Kane – Dundee Graffiti

AWD11 Colorful Infinity

-Anjum Wasim Dar – Colourful Infinity

JPL11

-John Phandal Law

It’s Not a Polaroid But It Looks Like Truth (AWD11)

The seals left the scene, and despite
the huddle of hula hoops, no longer

hip bound, the yellow bear rode off
into the sunset on my old blue bicycle,

the one my dad spray-painted
for me when I was six—you know

I loved its dented fenders
and plastic streamers and the memory

of it hanging on ceiling hooks
with newspaper beneath, dad’s

index finger red against the nozzle,
the smell of blue in our noses,

and the swell of silly that made him
finally open the basement window.

—Lynne Jensen Lampe

 

Hexed

(after Dundee, Graffiti, GK11)
This building hides secrets
covered by Dundee graffiti
finches baked in sunlight
5G – N.C. Loved Me –
hieroglyphs runes we rule the school
camouflage hexed algorithms
witches spray tags
on all wireless transmissions

– Jamie Woods

The Concert by Lesley James

-Lesley James

A Life’s Worth

When I see the larger-than-life birds
painted on the side of an industrial building in Dundee,
I’m reminded that Audubon’s Birds of America
have come to Edinburgh and people are in a flap
to view these priceless books his life’s work.

This building is as whitewashed
as his history all traces of black genes concealed,
for freedom is a white word and slaves a practical tool
to buy and sell like horses in the pursuit
of art and his role as the father of modern ornithology.
They carried his boxes of colour,
carried the guns and the fine shot
that helped him kill a hundred birds a day,
so he could pin them in poses
paint them in such vivid colours
they almost looked alive, proof
if you need it that the pleasure of owning
is worth the price you’re prepared to pay.

-Caroline Johnstone

GK11 Dundee, Graffiti

Learning about the birds and bees and how to
raise a beehive with a backcomb, Honey —
come back soon to the honeycomb, Sonny.
How we behaved before, when we combined
behind the shed, won’t just be buzzing in our minds
but will also be memorialised tastefully
on the white walls of that utility
building of durable fabrication
positioned appropriately beneath
the skyward tower of communication.

-Peter A.

Untitled Haiku (JPL11)

Concealed by the trees
This cottage once knew laughter
The silence is death

-Carrie Ann Golden

Dundee by Lesley Curwen

-Lesley Curwen

JP11

The end of the street was never in view
until, unexpectedly, you were there.
Past the old thatched house, shadowed
by old trees and leaking smoke
from its ancient chimney.
Dots of red flowers on the plants
by the side of the road, birds
lazily tracking across late afternoon
skies. The urge to go back was strong;
to see it one more time, to be cushioned
in its sepia pillow.

-Tim Fellows

Wouldn’t It Be
To JPL 11

Great – to awaken to
a simple country lane
lined with wild flowers,
A cozy cottage
whispering smoke from the hearth,
A fruit tree
bearing promise,
Birds singing,
The sun shining, somewhere a brook
Running clean
For child play.

-Barbara Leonhard

JPL11

around the bend in the lane
your spirit
always near but never in sight

you used to say you saw through me
and now
no matter my eyes
only your essence remains

-Simon Williams

Nowadays

Mostly he sits in the chair by the window –
Margot upholstered it in velvet years ago
and he wishes he’d told her
how much he liked it.

The fire is on more often,
and there are noises at night
in the thatch overhead.
He can feel his colour changing,
slipping into sepia.

But the garden is alive
with goldfinches, sweetly painful
flashes of vibrance
in the encroaching evening.

-Jen Feroze

The Variegated Universe (Inspired by all three works AWD11 Colorful Infinity, GK1, Dundee Graffiti, and JPL11)

A monochrome world, every day lived
in sepia tones, like a long-ago photo, with occasional red–
well, there was always blood, wasn’t there?

It had been a gradual change—
decrees and books—
told what to see—it was easier that way.

But amidst the root-rustle, verdant patches spread,
birds knew that color wasn’t gone—
and sang and chirped and chirred and whooped

till some remembered and children first saw
the infinite colors in large and small—pebbles and stones,
the circles and cycle of trees and bees,
the thatched cottages that led to the sea
with its wine-dark poetry and iridescent fish,
the rainbowed spindrift, the stars and moon that space-shifted
within an ocean of blues,
the green of pasture, the flowers—the world was multi-hued.

Now they saw it and sang with the sun, while the stars laughed
and the birds laughed, too.

Merril D. 

Bios And Links

-John Phandal Law

is 68. Lives in Mexborough. Retired teacher. Artist; musician; poet. Recently included in ‘Viral Verses‘ poetry volume. Married. 2 kids; 3 grandkids

-Gaynor Kane

Gaynor Kane lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where she is a part-time creative, involved in the local arts scene. She writes poetry and is an amateur artist and photographer. In all her creative activities she is looking to capture moments that might otherwise be missed. Discover more at gaynorkane.com

Twitter @gaynorkane

Facebook @gaynorkanepoet

Instagram @gaynorkanepoet

-Anjum Wasim Dar

started drawing at St Anne’s Presentation Convent High School, Rawalpindi.
Drawing was taught as a Core subject from  Kindergarten.
Anjum learnt the  skill of  Still Life, Sketching,  Landscape Drawing, Coloring  and Shading  She recalled the scented wax crayons and black  paper sketch books vividly.

Subject of Fine Arts at Intermediate level at Govt.College for Women Rawalpindi,   was stopped by the Indo Pak War of 1965. Anjum continued her passion for art privately.
Her job as a Teacher Instructor allowed her to pursue Art work designing and preparing  Thematic Bulletin Boards and Low cost teaching Aids with the Fauji Foundation Teacher’s Training Institute Rawalpindi. www.faujifoundation.org.
This won her the National Education Award 1998.
 
Completing  a Course in Graphic Designing  at NICON Academy Rawalpindi , Anjum began working as a Digital Artist, On Line, registered her Own Firm CER Creative Education Resources 2004 and is a Member of DRN Drawing Research Network UK  and www.bigdraw.org.uk
https://www.lboro.ac.uk/research/tracey/drn/
 https://sites.google.com/site/cerprofessionaldevelopment/
With her artistic skills she plans and conducts “Environment Awareness Workshops for Children” and is a member of www.unep.org and www.earthday.org
CER Participated in World Environment Day and Earth Day Programs 2011-2013
“Face of Climate Change”
Anjum  loves Nature, landscapes and abstract imagery. Works with pencils, crayons and  the Software ArtRage 2.0  and MyPaint.

Anjum Wasim Dar’s Art Portfolio  can be accessed  here:

https://www.artwanted.com/anjuartwriter/gallery/

-Merril D. Smith

lives in southern New Jersey near the Delaware River. Her poetry has been published in several poetry journals and anthologies, including Black Bough Poetry, Anti-Heroin Chic,  Fevers of the Mind, and Nightingale and Sparrow. Her first full-length poetry collection, River Ghosts, is forthcoming from Nightingale & Sparrow Press.  Twitter: @merril_mds  Instagram: mdsmithnj  Website/blog: merrildsmith.com

-Lesley James(she/her)

is a teacher and writer. She was shortlisted for Love Reading UK’s 2022 Very Short Story Award. Featured flash can be found in The Broken Spine, FullHouseLitMag and RoiFaineant. Kathryn O’Driscoll selected her poem Empty for Full House’s 2021 mental health live reading and forthcoming podcast. Brian Moses, The Dirigible Balloon and Parakeet Magazine have published some of her writing for children.

-Lynne Jensen Lampe

has poems in or forthcoming from Figure 1, Olney Magazine, Yemassee, Moist Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. Also to come is her chapbook Talk Smack to a Hurricane (Ice Floe Press, 2022) about mothers, daughters, and mental illness. She was a 2020 Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize finalist. Born in Newfoundland and raised in the Deep South, she lives in mid-Missouri where she edits academic books and journals. Visit her at https://lynnejensenlampe.com. Twitter: @LJensenLampe.

-Math Jones

is London-born, but is now based in Oxford. He has two books published: Sabrina Bridge, a poetry collection, from Black Pear Press (2017), and The Knotsman, a collection of verse, rhyme, prose and poetic monologue, which tell of the life and times of a C17th cunning-man. Much of his verse comes out of mythology and folklore: encounters with the uncanny and unseen. Also, as words written for Pagan ritual or as praise poems for a multitude of goddesses and gods. He is a trained actor and performs his poems widely.

-Caroline Johnstone

is an author and poet from Northern Ireland now living in Scotland. She has been published widely including Poetry Scotland, The Blue Nib and Marble Poetry. She loves spending time with her grandchildren, curling up with a good book and champagne or cocktails in no particular order. 

-Lesley Curwen

is a poet and sailor living in Plymouth. She often writes about loss, rescues and the sea.

Her work has been published in anthologies from Arachne Press, Nine Pens, Quay Words, Slate, snakeskin, and soon by BrokenSpine and Broken Sleep.  

Her poetic relationship with sound has been helped by her work as a BBC broadcaster, editing words on screen.

-Carrie Ann Golden

is from the mystical Adirondack Mountains now living on a farmstead in the Red River Valley of North Dakota (USA). She writes dark fiction and poetry. A Deafblind, her work has been published in places such as GFT Press, Doll Hospital Journal, The Hungry Chimera, Asylum Ink, Piker Press, Edify Fiction and others. You can find her on her writing blog as well as Medium and Twitter.  

-Jen Feroze

lives by the sea in Essex with her husband and two small children. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of publications including Ink Sweat & Tears, Chestnut Review, Atrium and The Madrigal. Her first collection, The Colour of Hope, was published in 2020 and she’s currently working on a chapbook of poems about early motherhood. 

-Paul Brookes

is a shop asst in a supermarket. Lives in a cat house full of teddy bears. First play performed at The Gulbenkian Theatre, Hull.  His chapbooks include The Fabulous Invention Of Barnsley, (Dearne Community Arts, 1993). A World Where and She Needs That Edge (Nixes Mate Press, 2017, 2018) The Spermbot Blues (OpPRESS, 2017), Please Take Change (Cyberwit.net, 2018), As Folk Over Yonder ( Afterworld Books, 2019). He is a contributing writer of Literati Magazine and Editor of Wombwell Rainbow Interviews, book reviews and  challenges. Had work broadcast on BBC Radio 3 The Verb and, videos of his Self Isolation sonnet sequence featured by Barnsley Museums and Hear My Voice Barnsley. He also does photography commissions. Most recent is a poetry collaboration with artworker Jane Cornwell: “Wonderland in Alice, plus other ways of seeing”, (JCStudio Press, 2021)

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