Sally Murphy at her blog Sally Murphy is our Poetry Friday Roundup host, thanks Sally! She’s sharing some exciting book news, and also keeping us posted on efforts to raise funds for all the bushfires taking place in Australia by #authorsforfireys auction “happening on Twitter.”
Visit Renée LaTulippe’s site No Water River to find out more about what Poetry Friday is.
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
I love your artwork! Thank you for sharing the poem and the Billie Holiday was a great followup. I love her music that might be a little eerie?
Thanks Janice, I’ve always loved Billie Holidays voice.
Singing along to Billie as I type. “Blue mooon…” Lucky the neighbours can’t hear me 🙂
Your poem is timely and the ‘curtains of displeasure’ is clever. Thanks for your post and for the little dance and singalong opportunity: “You knew just what I was there for…”
Ah, but I can hear you Sally… and you sound lovely, thanks! 🙂
I so admire your consistent, stalwart advocating for awareness and climate action with your writing and your beautiful art. Thank you, Michelle!
Thanks Molly, it keeps on coming–I think it has a mind of it’s own…
Oh, I do love Blue Moon…and the lamplight which is steadfast, thank goodness.
We don’t often have those grey days, but sometimes the streetlights glimmer as if they are tricked into ‘eerie’ glowing. Beautiful art like always, Michelle, and the poem brings a new look and call for action. I’m hopeful that this year brings relief!
Thanks Linda! Yes I remember fondly my days living in the mountains of Colorado were filled with glorious sunshine–which really helps in winter–enjoy!
I love the “shadows of eeriness” and “curtains of displease.” What an image your words paint! I admire your illustration, too, especially those coneflowers. I had to look up “nonet poem,” and now I want to try one!
Great post! Thank you! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com
Beautiful poem and art–such a reminder to take action while we can. We are also having one of those grey days–and lots of rain.
Michelle, those droopy leaves bring an amazing visual to your words: weariness, displease, worn winter leaves. Your message is once again strong and it reminds me of a YA novel I read (can’t remember the name right now) that talks of NYC in a shroud of darkness. Climate change is real and your words and drawing bring that to life.
Thanks Carol, here’s to looking for more light in the coming year!
A lovely song paired with such a poignant poem. Thank you, Michelle.
Beautiful post! I love the funnel effect of your poem and the message in your words.
Thanks Kiesha! It’s fun to see this funnel effect work its way down in the nonet from nine syllables to one at the bottom.
It is indeed a dark and eerie time, when that bike ride I took yesterday is all the more important for reminding us to take action! Lovely “lamp post” this week! : )
Ah, but here’s to spreading light in this darkness through Action–Thanks for yours Heidi!
Your artwork and words always bring light into my day, Michelle. Thank you for that. — Christie
Lovely nonet, Michelle! Light is such a lovely topic to write about. AND, thank you so much for the beautiful card! It brightened my entire weekend, and it was so kind of you to send. I had to use a letter opener because I didn’t want to destroy the lovely art on the envelope. May I share the envelope and card exterior on my blog at some point?
Thanks Laura, I really love and appreciate the light in winter–wherever it comes from… Glad you like the card and envelope art–Yes feel free to share them! My son just visited my sister outside of MPLS and was very taken by all the people there partaking in all different kinds of outdoor winter activities–enjoy the winter wonderland1
Thanks for your voice and handiwork, Michelle – light shines through your fingers! Wishing you a terrific New Year, and wishing a more sustainable one for our planet home.