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Poem Monday

This is a poem I wrote for my Animating the Cyborg class. The premise is taken from a really great book we are reading in class called, Evocative Objects: Things We Think With by Sherry Turkle. The book is a compilation of essays that illuminate peoples connections to everyday objects, how certain material things can become extensions of ourselves. A cello helps one person feel music and leads him to create new instruments, a laptop is a woman’s connection to love and discovery of self, a glucometer helps one man stay alive becoming a part of his body- a machine that knows more about him then he does.

Our topic was based on a chapter on the book on Objects of Discipline and Desire. Step one of the project was to take a picture we have taken and pair it with some form of creative writing. The next step will be to carve a linoleum block of the picture and the words and to create a print of it (The Inspiration comes from Blake’s Songs of Innocense and Experience.)



picture that this going to go with poem.

I spent time as a whirling dervish
(against my will)

my head twisting one way,
and my body the other,

never mind the little bits
in between.

Still twirling, whirling
I cannot comprehend the rules

or mechanics from the sideline.
The When and Why lost,

only the spinning, which I’ve done
a thousand times before.

The guts, the heart.
this constant journey.

____

Comment if you like, or have constructive criticism, which is always welcome.

Comments

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misconstrue
Feb. 5th, 2009 05:19 am (UTC)
I LOVE the falling man on the cone in that picture. It says so much.

I'm going to have to chew on the poetry some more but the images are really powerful.
ext_136580
Feb. 9th, 2009 09:06 am (UTC)
evocative
i never noticed the man falling till i read the prev commentator, I just liked the pairing, picture to opening lines, and particularly the against your will bit.
Constructive criticism- i would go for really short haiku, the evocative imagery got bogged down for me in the detail. Great task though. I enjoyed reading Sherry Turkle on evocative objects.
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vihofirm
Apr. 11th, 2011 02:05 am (UTC)
Hmmm for some reason only half the post can be seen. I tried reloading but still same.

vihofirm
Apr. 12th, 2011 03:35 pm (UTC)
great post as usual!

josieaqoga
Nov. 2nd, 2011 12:05 am (UTC)
I’ve been into blogging for quite some time and this is definitely a great post.Cheers!

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