Collaboration #1

”Untitled #1″ 2009  watercolor, marker, and graphite on 300 lb. Arches watercolor paper, 15.5” x 11.5”

Guillermo Delgado's ”Untitled #1″ 2009 watercolor, marker, and graphite on 300 lb. Arches watercolor paper, 15.5” x 11.5”

Anita Skeen’s response:

Winged Things

boost us,
spirit and body,
above the daily
pots and pans,
the canopy
of winter grey.
Just now outside
my window
the finch
loops to the feeder,
taxis down
two feet of snow.
The yellow-bellied
bird I don’t
know
sprinkles
thistle, jumps
straight up

slam dunk
of sun.

The twitterers
take for granted
their airlift
gift, never
thinking
not-flight,
or that such frail
architecture,
sinew and wish-bone,
crushable
in the hand,
when flown
too close to engines,
in contradiction,
can bring down
calculus and steel,
baggage,
human brains.

Those wings
we made
to make us
gods
cannot stay
aflight
when, with some small
oversight
the goose
lists to the left,
not right,
and finds himself
a tumbleweed,
cyclone-sucked
into varoooooooooom
and whir,
goes thump,
a flat tire,
sneaker flung
into the dryer.

Down
to the water wafts
a flightless wing,
no longer
wing, but float
or raft
on which
we see a flock
of mortals
strung
like grackles
on a wire, chattering,
chattering, tipping,
dipping,

bobbing

against
infinite
blue.

1/23/09

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5 thoughts on “Collaboration #1

  1. Anita and Guillermo,
    Taking some time to meditate on this image/poem today I think of how art can fly forward and back, in this case referencing both recent events and pulling Emily’s winged hope into our particular blue sky. Looking forward to following your collaboration.
    Jane

  2. I love the collaboration, and have already referenced it in a course I’m teaching on Arts Integration.

    I specifically love the references to altitude and topography in the painting, and the lines

    “a flightless wing,
    no longer
    wing, but float”

    How lovely to think of those in light of each other.

    Vicki

  3. Looking at the visual shape of the poem –
    its tall, tall skininess evokes the high height
    and balancing fragility of being airborne; a Greek

    column of words stretched to measure
    the distance between groundedness and
    fate.

    Ah, how beautifully an interdependence
    of words and paint
    can generate a lift of its own!

    Dorothy Brooks

  4. I found this piece to reflect on how some people take things for granted. This poem describes how can something so beautiful, like a bird flying in the sky can be compared a huge flying-machine, such as an airplane. However, when things go wrong, disaster strikes. It’s ironic how the two metaphors in the poem can actually cause a life threatening event from taking place. I also believe that this piece of artwork would work great in the classroom. A teacher could use this piece in a free write activity or use it as a piece to open a class discussion.

  5. I ardently agree with Kaylee’s post!! I would like to say that as a piece of literature, the poem can be used to study neo-beat poetry and free form. This artwork is actually one that we used in a classroom presentation already.

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