Painted Art to Written Art

The last post had me searching through Lloyd’s archives at some pretty old stuff. I came across an assignment from my 10th grade humanities class. Mr. Cottrell (who is on the list of people who influenced me. He’s awesome) had us look at various styles of art… Surrealism, Dada, Futuristic.. and write poems inspired by several pieces. I definitely had a specific poetry style (or lack thereof?), but it’s fun to go back and read them. Below, I’ve compiled some of the art and the corresponding poems. Some also include reflections/explanations.

Picasso’s Three Women

Seeing the heavens

Boxes and shapes

All distort

Defining themselves

In the fires

Cut like rubies

Turn blind to that

If it burns

They wring their souls

Envious of emeralds

Smothered in sin

Their naked selves

Precious as gems

Screeching hymns

In the dark cave

Eyes closed to the fire

Marc Chagall’s The Falling Angel and The Pregnant Woman (Mary)

Remembering a time

Of music and ghostly beasts

Where light disappears

And faith dwindles

Flapping wings fail when

Innocence protects sin

Rather than expose it

And hope is unsuccessful

Madonna holds her

Fallen angel, but wings

Repair and beat and rise

And she remembers when

Messengers bring news

That sends the flocks

Into the heavens

And draws hungry eyes

Nestled in orchid beds

Sleeps a possibility

What hole is born by fear

Is filled by faith

Hole-y conception

Bears shining fruit

That transcends color

Species and race

Paul Klee

Fireworks, flowers, fruit

Explosions of color are

Too cliché, simplistic

It is more complicated

Craving comfort and warmth

Amid confusion and pain

She falters upon mistakes

In her careless haste

Smorgasbord of emotion

Indistinguishable in pink

Mistaking lust for love

Mistaking stumbling for


Towards the definition and color

And squirm away from that

Hidden behind closing curtains

A different kind of stage

Fluid limbs wade and twist

In blood and raw emotions

Poker face hides any and all

Weakness in blank stares

Disappearing details define

What a picture cannot

All felt and experienced

Is inexpressible in words

Or paint

Initially, none of Paul Klee’s pieces struck me, but the third piece made me think, especially with Mr. Cottrell’s question of whether or not the subject was moving towards or away from the viewer.  When I started to write though, everything I produced implied hints of sexuality, so rather than resist it, I embraced the concept.  I feel the free verse method and vivid visuals accurately mimic the modernist style.  Overall, I probably spent the most time on this piece, rearranging stanzas and lines to convey my message in the classiest way possible; it’s my favorite.

Hannah Hoch’s Grotesque

Bubble gumball Cosmo

Hepburn lips and cashmere legs

Cut and paste perfection for

Barbie doll disco

Einstein crimson hangover

Bushy brow alfalfa scalp and

Chicken knobby knees bring

Death to sunshine

This piece draws its contents from specific details from Hannah Hoch’s Grotesque.  I noted the stark contrast in the two subjects of her piece.  In addition, I tried to portray the collage style of the picture through the arrangement and diction of my words.  I really like the style of Dada; I feel it is a refreshing contrast to the other styles of the era.  Furthermore, the use of actual pictures from magazines and photographs makes the pieces more realistic and easier to interpret and relate to.

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Hi, I'm Marian.
By day, I'm a PR maven with a nerdy affinity for research and branding. By night, I'm an explorer; I delve into books, food, design, and the murky waters of my own psyche, then share my musings here.





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