Poetry Friday–Origin Poem WIP

Happy Poetry Friday!

01–Origin Story Michelle Kogan-Story beginnngs 12-7-2018


I’m sharing my first Origin poem. It came out of a poetry workshop I was at a few weeks ago at the Poetry Foundation, here in Chicago. The workshop was on research and how poets incorporate it into their poems. Our prompt was to write an origin poem. I’m not sure if this is finished yet–it may be and perhaps I’ll do another one. Time has been sparse. The process has given me lots of ideas for additional areas I’d like to spend time with and write on.

Liz Steinglass is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup at her blog Elizabeth Steinglass. Be sure to stop by she’s celebrating Hanukkah with her poem THE MENORAH that’s included in “J. Patrick Lewis’ anthology The Poetry of Us.” Thanks for hosting Liz and spreading your poem’s beautiful light!


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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11 Responses to Poetry Friday–Origin Poem WIP

  1. What a beautiful post. I love seeing your grandfather’s words.

  2. Liz Steinglass says:

    These are just gorgeous. I love the images, words, memories in combination with one another.

  3. These poems are so cool! And, the art that accompanies them is perfect. I love the idea of an origin poem. Wish I could get to the Poetry Foundation for a workshop! Beautiful post this week.

  4. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, this is wonderful work. Thinking back on our roots and writing memories started way back for you. How wonderful that in elementary school you wrote and was recognized for your talent.

  5. maryleehahn says:

    I love your multimedia approach to your origin story — all kinds of perfect for YOU!

  6. haitiruth says:

    Lovely! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  7. lindabaie says:

    Beautiful collection from your past, Michelle, & that you took these things and wrapped them in words of reflection today.

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