Yesterday was one of those great days full of creativity. I started out by writing--and finishing (but not revising)--a poem. I also wrote 2 blog posts.
Most Tuesdays, I meet a friend who is also a colleague for a quick lunch between her classes. Often, she brings lunch for both of us. Yesterday, I volunteered to bring the lunch. I'm still loving the eggplant/red pepper/risotto recipe I first wrote about here. Yesterday I loved the feeling of being in the kitchen making something tasty and nutritious. I didn't even mind all the chopping and the dirty dishes.
And then I moved to the visual art part of my day. I have to provide cover art for my chapbook, and I've had some ideas about taking old watches and broken eyeglasses to the beach and seeing what I could set up there.
Yesterday I looked at the jack-o-lantern, which is rotting faster than I thought it would. My spouse mentioned my poem, "The Hollow Women," which is part of the forthcoming chapbook. It has this stanza:
We are the hollow women
with faces carved like pumpkins,
shapes that ultimately frighten.
I decided to play with the jack-o-lantern and the broken objects I'd been collecting.
I took some close shots, which intrigue me too.
Can you tell you're looking inside a jack-o-lantern?
At one point, I turned off the flash. The pictures have a different quality.
Because the pumpkin was in such a place of rot, I took it outside. My spouse has set up a display of coral, since we no longer have aquariums. I couldn't resist.
I love how the side of the coral looks like a skull-like face in profile.
The pictures are in black and white, because the chapbook will cost $2 less with black and white cover art. I also like the shift in perspective that comes with the lack of color.
I'd have loved to have played with photography all day--but I had papers to grade and office work to do. How nice, though, to have a creative morning to provide a mooring for the day!
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