listening to Vivaldi
Hello, all. We are grey, grey, grey outside. Despite this, we have a heat wave tomorrow before the weather behaves and returns to proper autumn temperatures. To lighten up the greyness, whether it be external, or internal, I have a collection of images that cannot help but lighten up the day. If you’re having a great day, they’ll be like helium.
My brother ( the one out in California) sends links, almost every day, to the wonderful things he comes across while trawling for wonderful things. The Zoo Portraits I am about to introduce are his find. The moment I saw them I knew I wanted to use them as a prompt. How to use them in a poem I’m still a little foggy about, although I’ll make a couple of comments that might start you down a track.
Sit a moment and think about animals. Let images flash, or wander, through your mind: domestic, wild, zoo, as seen on television, any and all animals. Picture them moving, the close-ups you have seen of their faces. Is one hippopotamus pretty much like every other hippo you have looked at? How about this hippo? He has a wardrobe. How has the clothing added to, or shifted your perception of hippos?
Look at the panther and the snail — I am partial to the snail — Go to the link I am about to give you and look at all the animals. Jot notes on any wandering thoughts. As you go through, note if any of them remind you of someone. The someone can be in your life, or a type, like a boxer, a DJ, a salesperson… How does the animal’s appearance in clothing add to, or shift, your perception of that person?
What does the clothing do?
Your response might be metaphorical, a portrait of someone, even you, painted through your more nuanced perspective of, say, a panther. You might write about clothing and its influence on perceptions. You may include the animal portraits in some way, or use them as your start point.
At Zoo Portraits, the first three pages are the ones you want, with all the portraits. (The website promises t-shirts and other merchandise come 2014.) Apparently the artist, Yago Partal, was caught by surprise at the response to his clothing animals. I would like to thank Isabelle Bazsó, who answered my email so quickly, I was able to use the images in this post.
I shall see you Thursday for links; Friday for the week’s roundup of prompts; and next Tuesday for a prompt.
Happy writing, everyone.