by Amy LV
(I will add audio to this poem when my voice returns - it was a talky week!)
Students - This is a poem that I found in my old file of poems for FOREST HAS A SONG. It's a forest-y poem that never made it into the book, but I still like it. You'll see how just as in After Marshmallows, I smushed some words together. Yes, I do enjoy doing that.
The other week, when our daughter Hope went to volunteer at the horse barn where she works, we saw some baby foxes playing in the woods nearby. They were adorable, and once again I found myself wondering how something so cute could be considered so crafty.Yet, in Aesop's fables, the fox is indeed the crafty one. You can see this is so here in The Fox and the Grapes, The Fox Without a Tail, The Fox and the Goat, The Fox and the Stork, and so many more here.
Today I feel very lucky to welcome my new colleague and faraway friend George Welgemoed to The Poem Farm. From South Africa, George wrote to me in June asking if he might make designs to go with some of my poems. As a furniture maker, George was searching on the Internet for a photo of a small key box. Through his searching, he Googled his way to poems about keys and found The Poem Farm. Lucky me! Honored, I said yes, and today you can see two such pieces of his digital work.
George does design work and web design for the South African Police Service and says, "Designs, or art as you say it, is only a way to express some of my thoughts. I read a lot on the net and every day search for a poem of something interesting, something that you can illustrate to give it more than the poem itself. Sometimes I have this idea with a picture and then search for a poem...I think that all poems should be visualized, to see the power of the words...I choose the poem by its power of words the strongest visualization or I choose a particular image and then search for a poem that fits."
Technically, George makes these designs by searching through the Internet by using Google search results, images that will fit his visualization of the poem. He uses only pictures that are freely available (not copyright protected), layering multiple images to make something new with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
When making digital designs, sometimes George finds a poem first, and sometimes he finds an image first. Either way, he uses different fonts to form the idea of each poem, thus giving "more power to the words".
"Designs for me are a way to express one"s thoughts," says George. At first he was very shy to do so, but he hopes to make people happy through sharing his designs. I'm so grateful to have met him, and I hope you enjoy seeing these interpretations of my poems as much as I have. Please, I welcome you, to leave any questions or words to George in the comments of today's post.
(Click to enlarge each image.)
Thank you so much, George, for finding me here and for sharing your work with us!
I am home again after almost a week in Paramus, NJ at the Paramus Writing Institute, organized by principal Tom Marshall of Stony Lane Elementary. It was a pleasure to work with so many wonderful teachers and to see my colleagues Stephanie Parsons, Karen Caine, the whole faculty of the institute, and the children's authors who spoke: Vicki Cobb, Alexandra Siy, and Kati Hites. I had a magnificent time and learned so much. Thank you, Tom! (If anyone is interested in reading the poems I threaded through my keynote on Tuesday, you may read them here.)
If you have not yet peeked into Linda Baie's notebooks, you may do so at my other blog, Sharing Our Notebooks, a place to highlight notebooks and notebook keepers of all kinds. Tomorrow I will draw and announce the name of a new notebook winner.
Jone is hosting today's Poetry Friday roundup over at Check It Out. Stop by her place and enjoy all of the rich poetic offerings in the Kidlitosphere today...
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