Excerpt Tuesday – [in Just-] – e.e. cummings

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I sometimes get the feeling of “being behind the times” at our weekly group meetings at work – I am the only one who still brings a pad of paper and a pen to take notes. It is partly a tactic to keep me off of the internet and engaged in the meeting, but it also lets me doodle with near-impunity! More than one illustration on this blog has started out as a meeting doodle and this is one of them. I originally posted this when the blog was brand new and it is still one of my favorites. The excerpt is from [in Just-] by e.e. cummings (1894-1962) – read the whole poem here – drawing by me (ink on paper).

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    1. Thank you! I remember feeling so rebellious reading his poetry in high school – it was so different, he used verbs as nouns and no punctuation – he broke every rule of English and it was amazing. I have been enjoying the portraits on your blog, they remind me stylistically of Egon Schiele’s work (an artist whose small oeuvre I love). I look forward to more of your art!

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      1. Wow!! Cool Egon Schiele is one of my favorites of all time. I saw a show of his work a long long time ago. His line quality blew my mind. I believe that if he had not died so young, he would have surpassed Picasso in stature, definitely!

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      2. I would love to see a show of Schiele’s work – I’ve only seen a single work – otherwise all in books and online. We lost Gustav Klimt to the Spanish Flu the same year as Schiele. To think of the combined toll of that flu epidemic with the World Wars, it is hard to fathom what the world lost.

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      3. I went to the Indiana University special collections and read the diary of Egon Schiele while he was in prison for the images that were deemed pornographic. He wrote these in jail and died in there of pneumonia. He was an extraordinary writer as well. All the world wars and famines easily killed 100 million people. War is sickening.

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  1. I love this! So glad you dusted it off. Perhaps you could put this on a T-shirt and your fans could wear their love for your work? I appreciate that you’re not using the notepad to take notes. This is much more interesting, for sure. 😀

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    1. Thank you, Jilanne! I shall have to look into T-shirts – that would be awesome! – I had not considered it before. But I did have this drawing made into a pretty neat postcard. The offer I made to Geo is open for you too – if you are interested, contact me through the contact form and I will send one to you!

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  2. thank you for re-posting this, as i would have missed my favorite piece of yours up until now (if i remember well, there is also one anatomy-based doodle you made with pen, i really liked)..loved it

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    1. Thank you! It’s good to dust off the archives and re-post some of the highlights once in a while. I did have this drawing made into an actual postcard – if you’d like one, let me know by email and I’ll send it to you!

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  3. I stand in solidarity with all paper note takers and doodlers! (And e.e. cummings enthusiasts!) I would say this was a most productive meeting, agenda be damned. 🙂

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    1. Yes! We will stand proud! I have tried bringing my laptop to meetings, and the distractions are just too great for me. The best part is that the doodle endures, but the meeting and its agenda has long since faded away…

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