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Poetry and Painting

Credit: Dean Taylor Drewyer
August Evening oil on canvas 38

The connection between poetry and painting are as close as any two different art forms can be.

The connection between poetry and painting are as close as any two different art forms can be. The search for exactly the right word or set of words echos the search for the right color, the right value. Both forms struggle against the limitations inherent to their scope and tools and process. It is those same limitations that shape the end and give life to what artifact is left at the finish. The goal of each is to allow the ones who discover that work after the fact, to engage - to enter in and experience the place and the mood found within, on their own, with only their eyes and heart to guide. I feel I’m standing on the edge of those fields Sherwood Anderson writes of every time I read this little poem.

Evening Song

Sherwood Anderson

My song will rest while I rest. I struggle along. I'll get back to the corn and

the open fields. Don't fret, love, I'll come out all right.


Back of Chicago the open fields. Were you ever there—trains coming toward

you out of the West—streaks of light on the long gray plains? Many a

song—aching to sing.

I've got a gray and ragged brother in my breast—that's a fact. Back of

Chicago the open fields—long trains go west too—in the silence. Don't

fret, love. I'll come out all right.



About the Writer

Dean Taylor Drewyer is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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By Notumbus Bumbus on December 10, 2011 at 06:13 pm

Excellent selection, one of his best. As a writer/poet and painter myself, I always appreciate anyone who makes that connectiion. I have always found the two to have many similarities - blank canvas/blank page; first word/first line or color. You begin both with a set of infinite possibilities. But as soon as you make that first decision, infinity is cut in half, and each subsequent decision halves it again. It's quite remarkable, and unless you are working from a model or photo, or trying to emulate another poet's metier, you really don't know what's likely to be the end product until you get there, and that's the real fun of it.

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By Dean Taylor Drewyer on December 16, 2011 at 05:30 pm

Thanks Notumbus - I enjoyed your comment about halving possibilities - for every gain something in balance must be lost - thanks again.

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