…But Cannot Find the Words. This poem makes NO sense. Or, does it? Here’s how jabberwocky language turned into poetry.
Where do poems come from? Art? Nature? Dreams? Jackie Craven blogs about the inspirations for her poems.
Old Woman with Goose, 30 x 24, Oil
A goose struggles in the grip of a haggard old woman. Here’s how a terrifying painting grew into a poem.
Philosophical monkeys perch on a roof in this surrealistic scene. What are they trying to say?
As a child, I didn’t know what to make of my mother’s wild brush strokes. She didn’t title this painting, so the subject is a mystery.
Venus and the Half-Shell
Two views of Venus, one from the Renaissance, and one from the 20th century. Both tell a story about manufactured beauty.
Lobster for Lunch
Who are these people in the tropical scene, and why does the lobster have such enormous claws? Stories unfold from every detail…
Stirring thoughts of past and future, destiny and regret, this satirical Renaissance scene inspired the poem, “Perspective Dreaming.”
Waiting for 5:00
This enormous canvas brims with sin. Even the balloons have naughty details.
Still Life With Oranges
In a dramatic desert landscape, navel oranges form a whimsical pyramid on an African birthing stool.
Dark yet bright, this carnival scene inspired nightmares and poetry.