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For Poetry Friday: Failure’s Art

September 17, 2009

Art: to be  (archaic), second person singular. ("Thou art")  
Art: human ability to make things; creativity
Art: products of creative work
Art: skill, craftsmanship
Art: learning/ a branch of learning
Art: Cunning or sly behavior; cunning or sly trick

If a chain breaks, is it failure–the giving way of the weakest link? Or is it freedom from the chain gang? Who decides? How?

Who "arts?"

"Failure’s Art" is my visual poem for Poetry Friday. Round out your poetry diet by checking out all the wonderful selections this week at Becky’s Book Reviews.  

Click on the image for the full-sized poem:  

4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 22, 2009 10:52 am

    Ooh, that’s an intriguing visual poem. That mask is so unsettling, and the text I can read…
    I love your question about the chain breaking. Hmm…something for me to think about today.

    • September 22, 2009 3:53 pm

      Thanks. It wasn’t meant to be unsettling at first–I was thinking of a friend of mine who thinks of himself as a failure and is far from it! So it was supposed to be about interpretation to a certain extent-w/ some “dark” elements but more “light” and “laud”(for him). Got past the 1st layer and realized this wasn’t taking the direction it needed to in order to be about him–incorporated passages from a journal of mine from 14 years ago–and it ended up being more about me. Lol. But the end result does remind me of my original intent while also reminding me of the past few years not necessarily being a failure for me. And maybe it speaks to others. It isn’t just about interpretation, though–it’s about the nature of art as well as the power we give to others to define who we are (still about interpretation a bit I suppose).

  2. September 25, 2009 12:28 am

    I’m really blown away by your vispo! Especially the “Failure” one–unbelievably cool and eerie effect–and “the Heart Waits.” I’m just beginning to delve into visual poetry–just stuck my toe in the water, really–and I’m really glad to see your work because I think you’re really maximizing the way the cognitive dissonance between word and image can be harnessed to achieve something beyond either. I’ll look forward to seeing more and definitely to talking about this medium (about which I know next to nothing) with you soon. Definitely intrigued by the idea of collaborating as well…
    And it was so good to see you last night–really glad you came to the show. You were a big hit with Mark, btw–he just sent out a “post-game” email to the group in which, among other things, he gushes about how cool and smart he thinks you are. Awww!
    Look forward to talking to you soon…

    • September 26, 2009 9:00 pm

      Aww…thanks. I’m just learning myself (about the medium and how to do it), so we can learn together! It would be fun to collaborate, though–maybe add a video or musical element…But maybe simplicity is best first. I’ll bring a great visual poetry anthology to group tomorrow.
      The show was great–as I said, I had expected something else–not quite the very incredibly cool avant garde performances I saw. You guys are doing some really interesting things. Flattered about Mark. Thought he’d definitely dismiss me as a potential APG member because I was soooo tired and not very talkative. Glad to know the impression wasn’t too bad. 🙂

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