#PoetryFriday-#Inktober2018 Day 5


Happy Poetry Friday and Happy Inktober 2018!

October first began the event of Inktober, which involves creating and posting an ink drawing each day for the entire month of October. The event has artists and others participating all over the world creating drawings and then posting them with #Inktober. You can use any kind of pen, paper, drawing underneath or not. The object of it is to practice using ink for an entire month. Jake Parker began Inktober and you can find out more about him and Inktober at his site.

I like to accompany my inked images with a poem, in it or beside it. This year I decided  I would focus on using the alphabet as prompts but not necessarily in alphabetical order. My post today would be for the Letter “I,” and I wrote a tanka poem that is part of the art:


Inky inky ink…
Inktober’s arrived–
Haunts wily await your
wildest of wanderings…

© 2018 Michelle Kogan


Here’s another poem that is ink related by Jonathan Swift

by Jonathan Swift

I am jet black, as you may see,
The son of pitch and gloomy night:
Yet all that know me will agree,
I’m dead except I live in light.

Sometimes in panegyric high,
Like lofty Pindar, I can soar;
And raise a virgin to the sky,
Or sink her to a pocky whore.

My blood this day is very sweet,
To-morrow of a bitter juice;
Like milk, ’tis cried about the street,
And so applied to different use.

Most wondrous is my magic power:
For with one colour I can paint;
I’ll make the devil a saint this hour,
Next make a devil of a saint.

Read the rest of the poem at the Poem Hunter

Tabatha our Summer Poetry Swap Organizer extraordinaire is hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup this week at her blog, Tabatha Yeatts: The Opposite of Indifference. Her post has a German flair this week with a poem about friendship. Thanks for hosting Tabatha!

About Michelle Kogan Art, Illustration, & Writing

Michelle Kogan is an artist, illustrator, instructor, and writer, creating colorful allegorical figure, flora and fauna paintings and children's illustrations, which have a sensitivity to endangered species, and the environment. She is an art instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Evanston Art Center and offers Plein Air Painting Workshops at nature venues in the Chicago area including the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and Lurie Gardens at Millennium Park. Visit her online Etsy Shop at: http://www.MichelleKoganFineArt.etsy.com and her website: http://www.michellekogan.com
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28 Responses to #PoetryFriday-#Inktober2018 Day 5

  1. I always look forward to Inktober – I’m not much of an artist, but I always enjoy following my favourite artists online and enjoying all the art they produce and share!

  2. OH, wow! I love the drawing….you can do this quality work daily for a month? Wowsa. And, what a neat poem. So many great lines…I am dead but live in light. It’s a great October poem as well…kinda spooky. Great post this week.

  3. lindabaie says:

    Beautiful “Inky, Inky” Michelle & that “Haunts wily await your/wildest of wanderings.” I will need to look for more #Inktober creations. The Jonathan Swift poem is lovely too. I also am reminded of “Ink runs from the corners of my mouth. . .” Mark Strand.

  4. katswhiskers says:

    I’ve been spying the inktobers on my instagram page – and almost was a little tempted to try something digitally… Almost. Maybe next year…? (Just for fun – because I’m not artistic.) Enjoy!

  5. margaretsmn says:

    I’m enjoying your daily musing. This one is so clever and makes me excited about October. Inky, inky, ink…

  6. Sally Murphy says:

    You are so very talented! I always enjoy the blend of image and word in your posts and this one is superb. I love the alliteration!

  7. I’m so envious of you illustrative types. This is lovely….

  8. jama says:

    Very cool Inktober drawing and poem, Michelle! It’s fun seeing what different artists come up with all month long.

  9. Love the way the letters of your drawing add to its spookiness! And fun sounds in your poem.

  10. Rebecca Herzog says:

    I had so much fun doing Inktober last year! I’ve been playing so much catchup this year, though. So I’ve just decided to stick with a poem a day. I can’t wait to see more of your inky inspirations this month!

  11. Diane Mayr says:

    This is great, Michelle! I’ve been enjoying the Inktober offerings of artist friends on Facebook and am pleased that you’re participating, too. Looking forward to more!

  12. Kay Mcgriff says:

    I love the inky inky and all the fun that follows. I will definitely enjoy seeing all the Inktober offerings this month!

  13. Tabatha says:

    Love it! The colors you chose work wonderfully together.
    So cool that you found an inky poem by Jonathan Swift to add to your own! You reminded me that I wrote one a while back (https://tabathayeatts.blogspot.com/2012/08/more-sps.html).

  14. maryleehahn says:

    What a fun challenge! It will be fun to see your creations this month!

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