Poetry Friday-Definito Poem Prompt

Gourdian Finch and Gourds, © 2016 Michelle Kogan, watercolor.

Happy Poetry Friday!

I’m sharing a definito poem this week, from the Poetry Sister’s September poem prompt. Thanks Heidi Mordhorst for creating this form! And thanks to all the Poetry Sister’s for the prompt: Laura, Tanita, Mary Lee, Liz, Kelly, Sara, Tricia, and Andi. You can find more of these poems tagged with #PoetryPals.

Last week I offered a few words about something brewing… Well it’s brewed and begun. I’m teaching a Color Theory Class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, in Continuing Studies. We had our first class last night, and we are on our way! In honor of this I dipped into Johannes Itten’s 12 Part Color Circle for poem fodder. The poems a bit drafty as I’m a bit busy, in a very good way! I also shared my Gourdian Finch and Gourds painting, as it shares many of the colors from the 12 part wheel.


I’m going on a spectrum hunt
to capture a rainbow of color,
available on an artist’s palette
or digi-screen displaying RGB.
I’m scouting for 12 to create
artful balance and harmony.
There’re primaries, secondaries and intermediaries.
Let’s start with red–blue–yellow—Got you!
Now green–orange–violet—Woo-hoo!
Next red-orange, red-violet, blue-violet, blue-green,
yellow-green and yellow orange—color-licious oh whoa…
Ta-da! We found you, our spectacular 12 part color spectrum hues!

© 2022 Michelle Kogan draft

The dynamic, ever so talented poet, writer, artist, and more, Tabatha Yeatts is hosting this weeks Poetry Friday Roundup, thanks Tabatha! Be sure to stop by her blog, Tabatha Yeatts: The Opposite of Indifference.

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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19 Responses to Poetry Friday-Definito Poem Prompt

  1. A class on color theory. Not that’s something I’d enjoy! Thank you, Michelle, for your color-licious poem too. (Great word!) xo

  2. janicescully says:

    I’ve just been thinking about getting a color wheel to help me choose fabric for quilting. It’s so interesting what complements what etc, and I’d love to learn more. Your poem captures the rainbow and the complexity of color. 🙂

  3. lindabaie says:

    Congratulations for starting the new class. I love that you showed us all those colors, Michelle! And I tried to find them in your painting, too. I think I found most! You’re teaching us, too!

  4. jama says:

    Hooray for the color theory class!! Sounds fascinating. Thanks for the poem and for sharing that gorgeous finch and gourds painting. So autumnal!! 🙂

  5. Wow! Congrats on your color course. I just visited the Art Institute this summer and could spend DAYS there, gazing at all the color. Enjoy!

  6. tee+d says:

    Wow, congratulations on your class! I’ll just bet you’re busy! I’m LOVING your gourds and finch – wow! The colors simply swirl and sing and the poem bursts with the same exuberance for color. That vivaciousness is all the best things about this season.

  7. rosecappelli says:

    Beautiful art and beautiful poem! Congratulations on your color theory class. The Art Institute always calls me when I’m in Chicago.

  8. cvarsalona says:

    Michelle, I am so excited for you to teach a color theory class. Your modeling in poetry form and artwork will be a huge contribution to your students. Your autumn drawing is beautiful and so realistic. While Linda tried to find all the colors from the wheel in your drawing, I chose to just stare in wonderment. Congratulations.

  9. gailaldousmsncom says:

    Wow! Your painting is so vivid and beautiful! I’m with Carol staring “in wonderment.”
    I love the voice in your poem! I especially love these lines “There’re primaries, secondaries and intermediaries./Let’s start with red–blue–yellow—Got you!/
    Now green–orange–violet—Woo-hoo!” so much fun! How wonderful for you teaching a color theory class at the Chicago Art Institute! Enjoy! Thank you for your inspiration.

  10. Mitchell Linda says:

    Wow! Not just teaching a class–but teaching it THERE. Good job! I so enjoy studying things like color theory as an adult when as a young person–I just didn’t get the significance. Love the fodder for your poem and painting pair. As usual, you are spectacular at producing!

  11. heidimordhorst says:

    Michelle, your birdgourds are stunning! One of my favorites of yours ever, maybe *because* of the full range of hues. I add my congrats on your new venture (although I’m sure the material is old-hat for you), and I like how the 12 lines correspond to the 12 sections of the spectrum wheel!

  12. Tricia Stohr-Hunt says:

    Lucky students! I hope you have a blast teaching your class. The art and poem are lovely.

  13. Tabatha says:

    Congrats on the new class! What a coincidence — I watched a video today about color in cottage gardens where he talked about color theory (https://youtu.be/osG56zGm5Is) I don’t know what made it pop up in my YouTube suggestions, but I liked it!

  14. Ooo, what a gourd-geous painting! Congrats, teacher! I’m sure you’re doing a spectacular job. I love the playfulness of those first couple of lines and the “Got you!” and “Woo hoo!” Such fun!

  15. maryleehahn says:

    Perfect poem from the artist!

  16. Sarah Tuttle says:

    I love the phrase “spectrum hunt!” Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  17. Liz Garton Scanlon says:

    This was dreamy — and so inspiring. Thank you for the poem and the education!

  18. Karen Edmisten says:

    An eye-popping colorful poem! And yay for the teaching, Michelle! Your students are lucky ducks.

  19. Laura Shovan says:

    Your opening line makes me wish I were going on this spectrum hunt with you — or maybe taking your color theory class!

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