Poetry and Art Issue 5

as in, so out

by Laurie Corzett

Lake silent, dark
mirror to reflective Moon
complete in stillness
Wind escapes blackened maples,
catches crackling leaves
to whirl, to fall
Integral, self-contained, this world knows
mystery, bloodlines, senses unspoken,
helpless ecstasies eternity allows

 

 

SYNESTHESIA

by Ron Boyer

Silence of roses. Odors of your darkness.
Your ears touch me. Your eyes reach
out like strong hands. Visions of silence:
presence wakes, stillness dancing. The
taste of liquid emptiness in quiet eyes;
and on the tip of your tongue, a dark
seeing …

 

 

In my ferny infancy (poem)

by Janet Godwin

In my ferny infancy
The quiet ubiquitous gods glided in the grass and
Slid in the blossoms and vines.
They never spoke; they surrounded me, loosely weaving the cradle with no edges.
In the cool of a church in Italy, silent gods tolerate the mustiness, the dust, the oldness,
the stillness in the air, the darkness which roof and walls keep captive.
They float in the shriveled light which sludges from the leaded window.
It’s hard to breathe in this temple.
Perfumed wax confuses them.
They used to go up into the sky
Any breezy day. From there
They could look for gardens.
Some of them saw me, and remembered how good it was to weave around me when we
were children.
Some of them came into my garden and stayed for a while, brushing against the stems
and blowing godly exhalations for the flowers, airs beloved of plants.
When they left, they were as silent as always. When they return, I’ll hardly be aware of a change
Until the fern in the middle of the garden dips and bows in the light, to move in
harmony with their silence.

 

 

All We Have are the Stars 

By Jennifer Collier

All We Have are the Stars

All we have are the stars
They are in our soul
Our breath
Our memories
Riddling our ages
With dreams of destinations
Intricately tied to the lines on our face
The song of our souls
All a part
Of the stars
don’t reach too high for
What is light inside of you

 

 

Rite of Change

by Dianne Coffey

Beautiful broods flutter celestial blue
Courageous wandering souls
Fine spun mitosis beater fly
Spinning cycles of transformation
Unfurling green leaves host yellow butter lickers
Pollinators sip floral nectar
Monarch wings flicker impulse red
Metamorphoses take flight
Deliberate actions to know the mind
Or change it
Clarity of mind accepts the inevitability of change
Fragile pleated wings inflate
Unwavering butterfly faith
Migrating patterns of crimson hue and violet flames
Questing works in progress
A wandering soul’s weathering change
Flush cycles of transformation

 

 

 

"Owl of Athene"
"Owl of Athene"

“Owl of Athene”
by Staci Poirier
15 x 22 inches, Acrylic, india ink, watercolour on paper,
June 2, 2013

 

 

"Offering"
"Offering"

“Offering” by Judith Harte

The Making of An “Offering”

In the land of poetry, if the title of a poem appears in the body of the poem that refers to an image or work of art, That poem is often defined as an Ekphrasis.

I had not intended to write a poem, and certainly not one with such complex and sophisticated definition. But, as often happens, Psyche spoke, I listened, Offering was born!

Offering was written intuitively and titled concurrently, as I sculpted the twenty-two inch, hire-fired, glazed, fihure dressed in a tinted, rose brown patina.

I was unaware of the term Ekphrasis, until, while completing the piece, I stumbled upon it at random while surfing the internet. I researched it on Wikipedia where I gained further clarification as to its existence and usage.

The emergence of Offering has been not unlike the psychological process of alchemy, in that, one substance or state changes and exchanges into and for another non-linear, imagistic product that in the end is but a circular swirl.

A trained therapist, with a M.A. in Clinical Psychology and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Judith Harte has been an aastrologer since 1975. She has counseled individuals, couples, and families, and specialized in counseling clients in the creative arts. She began sculpting about six years ago. Judith has a special fondness for Depth Psychology and Mythic Psychology as well as the incorporation of a soul-centered approach in her astrological consulting work.

 

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Dr Patti Kopstein (Hong Kong) is a Jungian who hjas been creating her own art journal mandalas for decades. For the past 5 years or more, she has been using the medium of digital photography to mimic the effect and process of sand-tray work by using layers, color shifts, building and removing through macro and micro work. Using digital editing the process, the mandala making process becomes fluid and progressive.

Patti writes: “These pieces are originally photographs taken by me, and then adapted and modified through Photoshop, including microfocus selecting, then applying macrofocus, layering, tone shifts, and other applications to create a mandala.”

Coffee at Creation
Coffee at Creation

Coffee at Creation was originally a simple photograph of a cup of espresso.The process and inspiration for the changes and adaptation of the original image was the feeling of energized creativity, fueled with caffeine.

Harvest Moon
Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon was originally a photograph of a full moon in the night sky, softened by clouds. It felt full and mature, and nurturing. The process and inspiration was the feeling that the harvest moons have shone over the human population for eons, full and ripe.

 

 

 

"Little Red Fish" (an anime portrait)
"Little Red Fish" (an anime portrait)

“Little Red Fish” (an anime portrait)
by Heather Smyth Hanan
36″ x 30″ ,oil on canvas, 2002

From Heather: “I paint what I sense, I paint what asks to be painted. Anima (birdgirl and mudwoman) was painted lying on my belly and kneeling on my knees. I paint as if I don’t know anything. Later, when the painting is finished, information about what has shown up falls into my hands.”

 

 

 

"Heartbreak III"
"Heartbreak III"

“Heartbreak III” by Staci Poirier
11 x 14 inches. Walnut ink and acrylic on canvas,
3rd in a 4 part series. January 20, 2013

 

 

 

"Mother and Child"
"Mother and Child" cover art for this Issue

“Mother and Child”
Artwork by Roberta Ann Busard

Roberta Ann Busard is a painter and sculptor whose work has been widely exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States as well as in China, Russia, Kuwait, and other countries. Her works are held in many public, corporate, and private collections. She holds a BFA and a MFA in art and has won numerous awards and fellowships for her work. Her biography appears in Who’s Who in American Art and Who’s WHo in Americam Women. She is most widely known for her abstract and abstract figurative paintings, and also, in recent years, for her ethereal sculptures.

“Mother and Child” is a mixed media painting on rice paper, and is held in her private collection. Her “Mother and Child” work, one of her earliest series, was inspired by the birth of her daughter, Katherine, and by her mother, Dolores Fisher Busard. This series, along with her “Faces in Boxes” series, and other work from that period that she describes as her “Inner Being” work, helped to launch her early career, winning awards and is held in numerous collections.

A member of Depth Psychology Alliance, Roberta has also been active with dream work, myth, and archetypal symboly, both creatively and intelectually, her whole life.