Illustrated Poetry Links from All Over, Volume 3

SLKC5431.jpgI took the photo above inside Fallen Star, a site specific sculpture by Do Ho Suh located on the University of California, San Diego, campus. A visit to the “house” is a disorienting experience – and it is meant to be. It is a meditation on Mr. Suh’s experience emigrating from South Korea, leaving behind everything he had ever known. The house is mounted hanging over the ledge of a tall building, tipped at a 5% grade inside and a 10% grade outside. For reference, the chandelier hangs perfectly perpendicular.

It has been a little while since I shared some of my favorite illustrated poetry links from my travels around the internet and WordPress, in particular.

1. Artpoems by Ms. Jacqueline Davis – her whole blog, Driftless Page, really, is a breathtaking (and inspiring) exploration of calligraphy, word art, and book arts. It’s probably good she doesn’t have the “like” button enabled on her posts, because I would push it many many times!

2. Two illustrated poems by Ro? Comic – Ro? Comics are not usually poetry based, but the artist, Stay Square, has illustrated two poems, Momentos, 1 by W.D. Snodgrass and In the Desert by Stephen Crane. In the Desert is one of my favorite short poems, so it is awesome to see it made into a poetic comic strip.

3. Bustin Garin makes mixed media collages that often feature words, text, and script. His blog is in French, but his work needs no translation. The sheer variety of his art inspires me to recycle everything into a collage! If only mine would come out as good as his…

4. And the NYT needs no publicity, but I did find the link to the archives of their “A Picture and A Poem” column. I did my own response to one of the poems featured in April (click here to see it!)

Enjoy the links and may your house be always level!


  1. Living just south of San Francisco, my first thought on just seeing the photos was: post-earthquake documentation photos as that is what happens here (here being anywhere in Bay Area.) Houses do slip off their foundations. Especially the ’89 one. We won’t discuss the horrific other photos and video played over and over and over here from that quake.

    Interesting so many IT companies…not just software apps but in the old days trad computer hardware… and now Tesla and Google driverless cars and biotech here in spite of the periodically mentioned “Big One” yet to come. But we don’t know when.

    Thank you for the links!

    I’m working my way thru your posts to the start of the year and already recomnended http://www.languageisavirus or whatever it’s called (i’m tired) in Sunshine’s blog (which you had recommended I take a look at…have just dipped my big toe in! So much to explore there!) to my online women’s journaling writers group (put more apostrophes in if you like – i am tired.)

    I had so much fun with the steampunk name generator link last night.

    Timer just went off so early bedtime!


    1. Absolutely – and earthquakes were the first thing I thought of when I saw the piece. I lived through the Northridge Quake and I had family living in Northridge: their home was completely destroyed in the quake. You first approach the sculpture from below: you are on the ground and it is suspended above you at this precarious angle. I am sure the association with natural forces was not lost on Mr. Suh, having lived in California and Korea! I do often walk by the house and hope they installed it with some extraordinarily good reinforcements in case of quakes here in San Diego!

      I am so pleased you are finding the recommendations helpful! I am very selective about what I pass along and try to only link to sites I think will be helpful or inspirational in one way or another.


  2. Wow! Wow! I wish, oh how I wish I had time to really delve into these links right now. Such intriguing work! I’ve often had these flashes of word-sculpture-like-poetry that I’ve thought about doing. But never did anything, of course, because other things were more pressing. Perhaps sometime down the road. In the meantime, I’ll have to take a look at these more closely. Thank you for the heads up! Have you ever seen my post about finding words in unusual places?


    1. It is my pleasure – I hope you enjoy them! I found myself really absorbed in Garin’s and Davis’ work and taking a lot of inspiration! (like you said, now I need to find the time…)

      Thank you for the link to your post! I hadn’t seen it, but I wish I had before I went to Cleveland last summer – I would have made a point to go to the Cleveland Public Library and see Lin’s work. I am an ardent admirer of the Vietnam War Memorial on the National Mall (although even within my own family there is great disagreement about it), and so would love an opportunity to get to know her work more. So thanks for the book recommendation too!

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  3. I love how many times I discover artists from my own back yard through your blog, Marcy! Jacqueline Davis is a fellow Wisconsinite — and what captivating work!


    1. You are so welcome! So much good art and poetry going on in your neck of the woods – it’s got to be the crisp air and the fresh cheese curds! 🙂 (which I love and you cannot get here in SoCal – only wayward travelers returning to our sunbaked land from WI and MI bring them and tales of the Great Lakes!)

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    1. Thanks, Jan! I definitely got vertigo in the house. I am extremely sensitive to such things, though, and suffer from motion sickness all the time. But everyone’s first few steps in the house were hesitant – the brain just doesn’t know what to do with the un-house-like angles!


    1. You are so welcome, Tom! Thank you again – your visit was the *excuse* (really, motivation) to go and appreciate the art that is in my own backyard. We must do it again soon!


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