Artist: Fire and Ice Photography
This collection is known as "The Month Poems." In 1972 I began a 43 year journey in poetry and photography. At first, it was not intended as a project. At the time I did not consider myself to be a poet. In January of 2015, this collection was published by Pure Michigan on their Travel Blog in commemoration of Michigan's 178th birthday. When asked by them what caused me to document a year in Michigan with poetry and photography, I could only say that I was inspired. To be so compelled by an image or experience that you feel moved to express it in words is what happened with the first three Month Poems. |
After that, the idea of combining both media became a challenge and a goal. I had no idea it would take 43 years. At first, it was enough to write the poems, but then matching up the poems with images became both an obsession and a daunting task. A visit from one's muse cannot be scheduled. Only recently did I learn there is a name for this process. It's called "Poetography." Usually a poem would come first, but sometimes a photograph would inspire a poem. In Michigan there are seasons within seasons. This work captures the essence of each month in a very special way.
In addition to "The Month Poems," included here is also a collection titled "Works." These took just as long to produce. Usually, a good photograph or poem is best as a stand-alone entity. But when it's right, both elements can enhance and augment each other. Of the many thousands of images and hundreds of poems I have produced, less than thirty reach this category known as Poetography. They are ideal as all purpose note cards and suitable for framing.
|Media: Photography , Cards|