Illustrated Poetry

What you see here is not surrealism. These images are illustrations of the abstract; the ultimate abstraction, poetry. What I offer here are poems, literal and visual, separate and together, reflections of each other in unlike kind. To understand one, you need to perceive the other; both together, as integrated expressions that explore a web of meaning, concrete and abstract, random and specific. At this moment, with you here, the best way to experience what I offer is on a desktop computer. Click on the image to visit the page where a larger version is nested. While you look into the image, play the poem that accompanies it. That’s part of the intended experience. For a more in-depth explanation of my process and my artistic dream, visit my artist statement… here.

Illustration to Poem #10 (Whisper To The Wind)

This afternoon, clouds roll and tumble
against the rocky cliffs

Their collected mist gathers as tears
Tracing a path down the stone faces
on the silence below

Suspended between freedom and… …more


Oil painting (32” x 48”)
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Illustration to Poem #14 (The Salesman’s Lost Children)

Green hills rise behind the wall
Where dance the salesman’s lost children

His car idles in the shadowed distance
The route to elsewhere obscured by

clouds and… …more

Oil painting (22" x 36")
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Illustration to Poem #12 (Engendered Memory)

Morning gusts from the ocean
rumble through canyons 

and valleys
of things displaced 

pushed away into
the dismembered…
…more

Oil painting (36" x 24")
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an animated poem based on the image. 


Illustration to Poem #3 (The Song Of Gravity)

I have my ticket in my pocket and I’m
packing my bags

A pointless pop song about leaving my lover
bops along in my noggin

I set my resentments to the side and
look to fill my bags with…
…more

Oil Painting (40" x 24")
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Illustration to Poem #1 (Venus ex Machina)

Darkness is the shape
that wraps around me

 Curled up naked in
the unforgotten night

 In the bright moonlight I float
separate, numb and…
…more

Oil painting (26” x 38”)
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Illustration to Poem #5 (Leela And The Shrine)

It’s dark and in my fevered dream
I’m in a field where I worship
eternal escape.

On the other side of my door are voices
that laugh and I don’t think it’s funny at all.

Outside my room and down a hallway that I try to avoid
are doors, some slightly open and some swung wide,
showing…
…more

Oil painting (36” x 28”)
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Illustration to Poem #6 (Nostalgia)

I like to think my poems are new and
I rewrite them in my head a thousand times a day

They’ re old because
I’ve always felt this way

They make me cry with
their intensity

They make me cringe with…more

Oil painting (38” x 24”)
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Illustration to Poem #2 (The Past)

Mist drips from the broken stones at morning
trickling through pine needles into the canyon floor

Blue smoke from a gentle fire lingers
along the canyon walls

In the swirl of a coming storm,
clouds above me pile up
in great collisions,
as small patches of sunlight
wind their way before…
…more

Oil painting (26” x 36”)
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Illustration to Poem #17 (The Illusion Of Memory)

In this chamber that smells of skin,
incense and ashes

With its strange half-lit dreams of ceremonies,
where things are obscure and
without shadows

I wait and project my imagination
onto the stained…
…more

Oil painting (26” x 36”)
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Illustration to Poem #9 (The Gorgon Drives At Night)

The gorgon drives at night,
seeking the double feature of her fantasies

Trapped in a celluloid myth of escape and desire,
where damaged damsels of the silver screen are worshipped
in the beauty of their untimely death

She drives on

Drunk and driven behind the wheel… …more

Oil painting (42” x 28”)
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Illustration to Poem #11 (The Fragile Dancer)

You danced lightly,
seemingly in the sky,
balanced and graceful

Now you move as a ghost

Disappeared into the outstretched darkness
beneath the low lying clouds
on the horizon…
…more

Oil painting (36” x 24”)
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Illustration to Poem #7 (Tourist)

The narrow thread of coarse asphalt disappears behind me 
over the ridge, miles away

Rutted sand trails branch off from the valley floor and
tread marks of monster tires imprint the gravel shoulders

A dust devil spins past a crumbling trailer
in the near distance…
…more

Oil painting (40” x 26”)
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Illustration to Poem #13 (The Philosopher's Children)

Under the overturned sky
beneath the altar of emptiness
stars cast their light from blue shadows

and give birth to children who
run in the night…
…more

Oil painting (36” x 36”)
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Illustration to Poem #8 (Cloud Mask)

I’m on the road to Hollywood
all packed up with words and poses
each to match a face I wear
on my way to Hollywood

Stopped along an empty road
blue black clouds soak
the saturated hills…
…more

Oil Painting (36" x 28")
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Illustration to Poem #16 (Uneven Levels)

Oil Painting (34" x 24") Click on image for a larger version and artist's commentary about the work.