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 SPLAT
Inky inky ink…
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!
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!
Enjoy the creations!
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.
Thanks Linda—you hope to get a couple good pieces out of the month—but it’s more the process I’m in it for.
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.
Thanks Linda, and thanks for telling me about the Mark Strand poem–it’s wonderful!
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!
Well…there’re still many days left to Inktober so maybe you can try one on this year, thanks!
I’m enjoying your daily musing. This one is so clever and makes me excited about October. Inky, inky, ink…
Hi Margaret, thanks—Inktober adds another unique flavor to the month!
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!
Thanks Sally, I enjoy making room for this challenge, and linking the art with poems!
I’m so envious of you illustrative types. This is lovely….
Very cool Inktober drawing and poem, Michelle! It’s fun seeing what different artists come up with all month long.
Yes, fun to watch the drawings pour off their pages–thanks Jama!
Love the way the letters of your drawing add to its spookiness! And fun sounds in your poem.
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!
Thanks Rebecca–I enjoyed watching yours last year!
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!
Thanks Diane, I especially enjoy watching the art over the month!
I love the inky inky and all the fun that follows. I will definitely enjoy seeing all the Inktober offerings this month!
Thanks Kay, I‘m looking forward to it too!
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).
Thanks Tabatha, and for sharing your Ink poem too!
What a fun challenge! It will be fun to see your creations this month!
Thanks Mary Lee–they’re a surprise to me as they unfold…