Large Artist Sketchbook 2020: Shadorma 283

You may know that in addition to my poetry I also do art, posted on my blog Claudia McGill and Her Art World. For the next several months I will be posting here a combined art/poetry project, Large Artist Sketchbook 2020.

I fill up sketchbooks with all kinds of art. Some contain images only and some of them I use the images as inspiration for poetry. In these books the image is on one page of the spread and the poetry on the other. This book is set up in this manner.

I’ll show you the image and then add the poem that goes with it. See what you think.

Shadorma 283

Said goodbye
homesick in minutes
swallow it
and move on.
The train releases its brakes.
Your heart lurches. Go.

Large Artist Sketchbook 2020 image 25

8 thoughts on “Large Artist Sketchbook 2020: Shadorma 283

  1. I like the way the art work is divided into different panels. That composition suggests not only the idea of a literal journey but also the emotional thought process the narrator travels through.

    • I chose photos that made a story to me when I drew this, though I did not articulate the feelings until I wrote the poem, and then, it was very quick, because I thought the same thing about the grouping, there is the actual journey and then there are all the feelings surrounding it.

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