'Treats' Acrylic on wood assemblage ©robinrkent

Thursday, April 7, 2011

All Good Things Come In April

'Reading Poetry Out Loud'
Acrylic on Rough Pine
April is Poetry Month.
I love poetry. Especially poetry that has a dry, humorous side. With that said, I'm a big fan of Billy Collins. Have all (but the most recent one) his books. A lot of them autographed. I've seen him read in an intimate church setting here in Vermont. Felt like I was in church. He's inspirational. And he reads his poetry so well. Not all poets can say that.
Sometimes when I read his works, I laugh til I cry. And that's over poems I already know. Why are they still so funny? I used to read his poems to my parents over late afternoon cocktails. We'd all be having trouble catching our breath. Ahhh, sweet memories.

I'd love to find other poets with the same sensibilities. If you can recommend any, I'd be eternally grateful.

I think of my art as a kind of visual kindred spirit to Mr. Collins' take on life. Noticing little subjects that happen all the time, all day long, gives me lots of material to sort through. Life is funny. For good and for bad. Ohhh...and it's National Humor Month also.


Sandy Mastroni said...

well ... you know I had to go read a poem or two , I was SO curious
" I go back to the house for a Book " was AWESOME
ha ha
and the cigarette one > as I still smoke , this poem frustrated me because I know the love of a cig is so strong. { don't know when or if ever I will quit ]
love this painting of your girl and book
maybe tonight I will go back and read more poems
thanks Robin !

Sandy Mastroni said...

I forgot to say that I love the look of the horizontal lines
I love that you painted on such a rough piece !
it looks like it would be a wonderful book plate

Robin Kent said...

Oh, thank you Sandy. You're another kindred spirit! His poetry sets scenes in my mind so clearly. Love that about him. My favorite is 'Forgetfulness' as that is a familiar trait. But they're all good.
(The teeth in the painting are to drive home the fact that she's sounding her words out loud..not too obvious?)

Carole said...

Have you heard of the Vancouver Island poet, Mildred Tremblay. Her last book called The Thing About Dying has some very insightful, laugh out loud humorous poems.

Thanks for commenting on my blog today. I wish we lived closer. I think you and I could have some fun creating together!

Robin Kent said...

Hi Carole!
Love your art. I love finding all these artists that I can relate to on the blogosphere. Just shows how big the cyber art world really is.
Thanks for the info on Mildred Tremblay. The title sounds interesting too. I will check it out.