Large Artist Sketchbook 2020: Inheritance

You may know that in addition to my poetry I also do art, posted on my blog Claudia McGill and Her Art World. For the next several months I will be posting here a combined art/poetry project, Large Artist Sketchbook 2020.

I fill up sketchbooks with all kinds of art. Some contain images only and some of them I use the images as inspiration for poetry. In these books the image is on one page of the spread and the poetry on the other. This book is set up in this manner.

I’ll show you the image and then add the poem that goes with it. See what you think.

Inheritance

This little house
side-scraped by wire-branch trees
balances on a boulder pile
hanging high above purple lines of seawater
listens to the waves slosh around the basin
it sits on the edge of
a circle three thousand or more
east west miles and edged by ruined cliff
Staked into place by the
infinite lines beginning at the center
and radiating out to end up here
whose name no one knows
and
it doesn’t matter anyway because

Nobody comes here
ever
except for the cool blue night sun
that every evening
sits down in the sky to keep watch
arranging a yellow-green cloud
over the house
like a warm blanket

and you. It’s for you
and you say:

Oh this little house is
exactly
what I need.
Thank you.

4/23/20
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Large Artist Sketchbook 2020: Where It’s Better to Be

You may know that in addition to my poetry I also do art, posted on my blog Claudia McGill and Her Art World. For the next several months I will be posting here a combined art/poetry project, Large Artist Sketchbook 2020.

I fill up sketchbooks with all kinds of art. Some contain images only and some of them I use the images as inspiration for poetry. In these books the image is on one page of the spread and the poetry on the other. This book is set up in this manner.

I’ll show you the image and then add the poem that goes with it. See what you think.

Where It’s Better to Be

no it’s over shreds of and one other thing
just more cloud like in this romantic
just saying it the piece of how it feels
dream my night fossil solves the problem all right
never going to dissolve a second for me to think
you pay you back and a nasty cold to boot

What?
Oh, I got lost in my thoughts for a moment
What did you say again, dear?

4/23/20
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Large Artist Sketchbook 2020: Shadorma 281

You may know that in addition to my poetry I also do art, posted on my blog Claudia McGill and Her Art World. For the next several months I will be posting here a combined art/poetry project, Large Artist Sketchbook 2020.

I fill up sketchbooks with all kinds of art. Some contain images only and some of them I use the images as inspiration for poetry. In these books the image is on one page of the spread and the poetry on the other. This book is set up in this manner.

I’ll show you the image and then add the poem that goes with it. See what you think.

Shadorma 281

Layers of
yellow potential
and green hope
From stored up
to putting into motion:
the seedling rises

4/23/20
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Large Artist Sketchbook 2020: In the Losses

You may know that in addition to my poetry I also do art, posted on my blog Claudia McGill and Her Art World. For the next several months I will be posting here a combined art/poetry project, Large Artist Sketchbook 2020.

I fill up sketchbooks with all kinds of art. Some contain images only and some of them I use the images as inspiration for poetry. In these books the image is on one page of the spread and the poetry on the other. This book is set up in this manner.

I’ll show you the image and then add the poem that goes with it. See what you think.

In the Losses

In the turquoise shade of the alley
two houses face each other
across a crumbling strip of asphalt.
Resigned to the long falling-off
they no longer see each other’s
peeling paint
sagging balconies,
chimney bricks chipped and mortar missing.

It is quiet this afternoon.
Cracked concrete sidewalks
undulate themselves past the cars
sitting heavy in the driveway.
Metal clangs clatter out from the garage
in one burst
and then
Silence.

The houses regard each other
fixed expressions
conveying the same boredom as ever.
The turquoise shadows
begin to fade to purple.

4/23/20
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Large Artist Sketchbook 2020: Sidewalk Encounter

You may know that in addition to my poetry I also do art, posted on my blog Claudia McGill and Her Art World. For the next several months I will be posting here a combined art/poetry project, Large Artist Sketchbook 2020.

I fill up sketchbooks with all kinds of art. Some contain images only and some of them I use the images as inspiration for poetry. In these books the image is on one page of the spread and the poetry on the other. This book is set up in this manner.

I’ll show you the image and then add the poem that goes with it. See what you think.

Sidewalk Encounter

one two three
bent knees and questions
let’s ask her
four five six
stiff-leg strut suit and tie stride
lady what’d you say?

six five four
excuse me fellows
I need to
catch that bus
three two one City Hall is
right over there. See?

one two three
four five six of us
cross paths mix
up a cake
flavor of crosswalk signs and
gum on the sidewalk

hot dog carts
a rush of cool air
off a can
of soda
top-popped. Come on. Walk along
the streets of our town.

4/8/20
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shadorma chain

Large Artist Sketchbook 2020: Paying Attention

You may know that in addition to my poetry I also do art, posted on my blog Claudia McGill and Her Art World. For the next several months I will be posting here a combined art/poetry project, Large Artist Sketchbook 2020.

I fill up sketchbooks with all kinds of art. Some contain images only and some of them I use the images as inspiration for poetry. In these books the image is on one page of the spread and the poetry on the other. This book is set up in this manner.

I’ll show you the image and then add the poem that goes with it. See what you think.

Paying Attention

i.
I lean
against the telephone pole
at the bus stop.

ii.
I almost see
crows flying
in the overcast
above the parking lot.

I almost see
crows come down to ground
black dots
scattered on the asphalt
reflecting pink
neon from the shopping center lights.

I almost hear
crow voices carried over
but they are shouted out by
the bellow wheeze of the bus
grinding down to the curb
pulling away before I reach my seat.

iii.
The crows lift off
calling to each other
in the overcast
above the bus plodding down the road.

4/8/20
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Large Artist Sketchbook 2020: In the House of a Family Friend

You may know that in addition to my poetry I also do art, posted on my blog Claudia McGill and Her Art World. For the next several months I will be posting here a combined art/poetry project, Large Artist Sketchbook 2020.

I fill up sketchbooks with all kinds of art. Some contain images only and some of them I use the images as inspiration for poetry. In these books the image is on one page of the spread and the poetry on the other. This book is set up in this manner.

I’ll show you the image and then add the poem that goes with it. See what you think.

In the House of a Family Friend

In the cool dimness of the early
in the hour before the day starts

In the house the curtains are closed
the slow light outside
creeping along from window to window
finding no way in. The house settles
blue and green room to room
and silent: breathing slow and relaxed.
The carpet in the living room
ready
It will be kind to bare feet
making their way to the kitchen

but not yet.

4/8/20
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Large Artist Sketchbook 2020: The Sum of Two Plus Some

You may know that in addition to my poetry I also do art, posted on my blog Claudia McGill and Her Art World. For the next several months I will be posting here a combined art/poetry project, Large Artist Sketchbook 2020.

I fill up sketchbooks with all kinds of art. Some contain images only and some of them I use the images as inspiration for poetry. In these books the image is on one page of the spread and the poetry on the other. This book is set up in this manner.

I’ll show you the image and then add the poem that goes with it. See what you think.

The Sum of Two Plus Some

The paintbrush
stepping up its speed
down the page
trails a red
that sets the paper on fire
rouses up blue-greens

out of sleep
the alarm bell rings
sending them
dancing on
hot toes slapping their wet arms
all around the scene

extinguish
and accelerate
the contrast
opposites
who attract can always make
on a sketchbook page

4/8/20
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shadorma chain

Large Artist Sketchbook 2020: Shadorma 277

You may know that in addition to my poetry I also do art, posted on my blog Claudia McGill and Her Art World. For the next several months I will be posting here a combined art/poetry project, Large Artist Sketchbook 2020.

I fill up sketchbooks with all kinds of art. Some contain images only and some of them I use the images as inspiration for poetry. In these books the image is on one page of the spread and the poetry on the other. This book is set up in this manner.

I’ll show you the image and then add the poem that goes with it. See what you think.

Shadorma 277

Lift my voice
above the chatter
of castmates
as we live
a lime green soap opera
swaying in midair

3/13/20
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Large Artist Sketchbook 2020: Haiku 817

You may know that in addition to my poetry I also do art, posted on my blog Claudia McGill and Her Art World. For the next several months I will be posting here a combined art/poetry project, Large Artist Sketchbook 2020.

I fill up sketchbooks with all kinds of art. Some contain images only and some of them I use the images as inspiration for poetry. In these books the image is on one page of the spread and the poetry on the other. This book is set up in this manner.

I’ll show you the image and then add the poem that goes with it. See what you think.

Haiku 817

future memory
when summer finally comes
with thunderstorm skies

3/6/20
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