Friday, December 8, 2017

SPARK 35: yellows

Wedged in among the efforts of my December PoPerDayMo, I participated in SPARK once again.  If you're not familiar with this event, here's a brief description:  Amy Souza matches artists and writers who register into pairs.  Each sends the other an "inspiration piece" to work from.  Each has 10 days to create a "response piece."  All are shared on the SPARK website.

I now have explicit permission to share the painting I received from Brigitte Nowers from Weston-super-Mare in England, and I had a good time wallowing in her forms and colors!  Here's the poem it inspired.  By chance it does connect to our host's lemony prompt...

In return I sent Brigitte an old poem that has already had three moments so far: its origin in 1986 and then a review when I used it with 8th graders after a New York trip in 2012, followed by a companion poem from 2015 after a middle-aged trip to the city with my family.  Brigitte was inspire thusly, and WOW.

The round-up today is with Lisa at her Tumblr, Steps and Staircases. 
Step on over and climb up to the challenge of Poetry Fridaying in a new space!


  1. Really like this, Heidi, especially your "eggen moon" - fantastic!

  2. Ditto to what Matt said, and I also loved "the taste of light swallowed yellow".

  3. I like it! I have all kinds of images swirling in my head now.

  4. I never thought of the 'taste of light" and love that "swallowing yellow". It does connect to Lisa's challenge, Heidi, and it is beautiful. It is intriguing to imagine the art it came from.

  5. "Open to the taste of light..." So lovely.

  6. From Brigitte:

    Hello Heidi,

    Your poem is super....I like the questioning possibilities and colour probables.
    Reading it feels a bit like looking at the do you do that ?.....I think it's clever and I am in admiration.

    Kindest regards


    1. And to you, Brigitte--

      I am electrified by your response piece! It has never seemed red and blue to me before, which I only know because your piece surprised me, and you captured exactly that feeling of knocked back by the intensity of the place in your blue figure, the swaying weight of the bridges and buildings. Thank you!

  7. What a rich post! From the bend to the tasting of yellow. And the response art is amazing!

    I keep thinking I'd like to do Spark but I've never signed up. Will you alert me the next time a round comes up?

  8. WOW is right! I love the feast of poetry and art here.

  9. I'm glad you received permission to share the art--Beautiful. "Bend and open to the taste of light" is a powerful image. Thank you, Heidi, for your words that bend my perspective.

  10. Two captivating images and poems here Heidi. I like the traveling-eye P.O.V. you guide us through in "Yellows."

    In "New York Vertigo," the poem and image are so tightly woven together, and I like the play on vertigo throughout, thanks!

  11. Someday I'll do Spark...someday...

  12. Your poem affected life?! Yes, you can share your lovely poem and its great "after story" with the world... Submit now on


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