Post Series: Advent: Artwork to inspire poetry: wrapped Christmas present

wrapped Christmas present

Above is an artwork of a wrapped Christmas present.  It was done in a simple design using the traditional Christmas colors of red and green.  The artwork can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

sometimes
a gift in a box
can change someone’s life
for the better
in a dramatic way

as you shop this season
look for these

if you can’t find one though
then forgo the box
and do for another
and help them in ways
that can’t be wrapped

Experimental Poetry Form: inside the box

Today’s experimental poetry form is called inside the box.  The form is based off of layout on the page.

It consists of two main elements: a box and a line within the box.  A poet can decide how the two elements relate to each other.

The box can be any size and should be a rectangle.  The line must only be one line and must fit within the box.  The top line of the box should be read first, the left line second, the right line third, the bottom line fourth, and the inner line fifth.  The lines on the left and right are read from top to bottom.  The other lines are read from left to right

Here is what the form looks like:

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*                                        *
*                                        *
*                                        *
*  ****************  *
*                                        *
*                                        *
*                                        *
*                                        *
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Here is an example poem to illustrate the form:

There were five days of exercising.
W                                                    A
e                                                     n
i
g                                                     e
h                                                     l
t                                                      l
s                                                     p
–                                                     t
w    Six pounds were gained.     i
e                                                    c
r                                                     a
e                                                    l

l                                                    w
i                                                    a
f                                                    s
t
e                                                  u
d                                                  s
.                                                   e
–                                                  d
–                                                   .
Healthier food was eaten as well.

Artwork to inspire poetry: box, can, and jar

box, can, and jar

Above is an artwork of a box, can, and jar.  The three items are stacked on top of each other.

This artwork can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about a number of things.  A poet could write about:

  • Recipes.
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  • Pantry food items.
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  • Collecting food for the hungry.
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  • Making food from boxes, cans, and jars.
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  • Stacking things.
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  • Balance.
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  • Containers.

Here is a poem inspired by the artwork:

as the third acrobat
climbed to the top of the group
they all began to reconsider
if this was a good idea

Artwork to inspire poetry: A Christmas box

Christmas box

This artwork is of a Christmas box.  The original box was made of wooden cube-like blocks.  There were eighty eight blocks.  The blocks were glued together to make the box and individually painted.  A sealer was then applied.  There are hinges holding the lid.  A picture of the box was taken and it was computer altered to give the artwork shown.

This artwork can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • What could be in the box and the significance of it.
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  • The idea of individual pieces making a whole.
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  • The idea of tradition, as shown by the red and green coloration.
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  • The idea of making something by hand.
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  • The idea of gifts.