Blackout Poetry

Marching up and down for eons,
Fleeing southward and reclaiming lost territoryblackout-poem
So poorly understood
Seething
A single footstep is taken on the backs of the amniotic

Odysseys to their home
Reaching
From island to island
The patient observer will stare you in the eye

 

For me, this poem was about nature beginning to reclaim its land. Using pages 10 and 11, I made a poem that speaks a little about how the natural world, both at home and abroad, has been brutally mistreated, miscalculated, and misunderstood, and how it would be to come back. I wanted to show the feeling of being upset or dissatisfied of the present situation, yet also giving the reader a chance to take a deep breath and imagine a way to overcome this with a higher sense of calm or settling despite the situation (as the second stanza I feel does).

These pages had a lot of vivid imagery that leaped out to me, with some really interesting and powerful sentences. Using as many as I could to fit with the idea that I constructed as I noticed phrases in the pages, I ended with the poem you see above.

The painting above is by Canadian artist, Forshaw Day. The title of the work is called On the Nouvelle River Bay of Chaleur. I chose this image as I thought that it would be important for the painting to come from a Canadian artist. The painting itself is a beautiful reflection of the natural world that lives in Canada. The tipped over canoe could be representative of man’s departure from nature, and the surrounding hills look prepared to engulf what humans have left and to carry on. As well, the gentle tones and textures present in the painting relate with the line “the patient observer will stare you in the eye”. When looking at this painting, the viewer (or observer), calmly and patiently observes the wondrous and majestic existence of nature and in doing so, stares life right in the eye.

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