Thursday, January 23, 2014

January 23, 2014 We Write Poems #297/ Writer's Digest/ Studio Visit to Jane Shoenfeld and Donald Levering

We Write Poems  Prompt #297:  Prophet

Harsh Words
You said
Someone has
To tell you
The truth
Yours’ or mine

Coil away
Letter A
Raise your hand
Outstretch your
Pointed finger
Raise your voice
Light the fire

Kind words
Take me to
Your heart
Bless me
I welcome you

Note:  Harsh words are the same, but spoken in different ways.


Writer’s Digest  #251  For today’s prompt, write an elsewhere poem. 


Dark before dawn
Image creeps
Into my mind
Like sand pouring
From one chamber
Of the hourglass
To another
Keeps the when
It happened
Not where
The hourglass
Makes no predictions

A map
Is needed
Location finder
The where
Takes form
Into focus
No windows
No doors
No escape

Chocolate chips
Gathered into
My pocket
Search for answers
Consult old books
With tattered covers
Smell of mold
Chew the bindings
Talk with friends
Old and new

Everything changes
In a second
How much am I
Willing to give
I am nowhere
I am here
The answers slowly
Reveal themselves


STUDIO VISIT January 21, 2014 Santa Fe, NM

Jane Shoenfeld  and Donald Levering:  and

Words that describe Jane Shoenfeld are quiet, thoughtful and intense.  Her work is also both intense and thoughtful. She is a pure colorist and her medium of choice, is pastel, also pure of color.  Her work is inspired by the world of the interior and the world around her.

Jane has worked with the landscape for years and her new large scaled work literally explodes off the page, alive, fresh and immediate.

Jane and her husband, Donald Levering often inspire each others' work.  Jane creates a painting, Donald responds with a poem, or Donald writes a poem and Jane responds with a painting.

Jane has help in the studio.  Art-kitties.


Anonymous said...

What a wonderful response to the word itself. Honest, direct, and immediate. Thanks Annell,


Susan said...

WOW! Truth writ small/large/resounding.

Robyn Greenhouse said...

WWP - so true! So much depends on how someone tells us something if we will hear them or not.
I really like the last stanza of your WD poem!

Brian Miller said...

oo i love the look in at the art and the studio...
the first verse, so true on the power of our is all in how we use them...and i like the line on 'your truth or mine'...there can def be a difference....

Raven's Wing Poetry said...

Jane's artwork is beautiful.

WWP - I love how you contrast the two ideas, as you yourself said, the exact same words can be spoken in both instances but in different ways.

Ironic that Elizabeth referred to the Bible for this prompt -- your poem reminds me of the verse: "Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Look to yourself, lest you too be tempted." (Galatians 6:1, RSV) Also reminds me of one of my mother's sayings: "you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar".


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