Note: Please click on images to enlarge for better viewing.I'm hoping you won't get tired of me beating this drum and tune me out before Saturday, Dec. 3 at 2pm eastern because that's a big day for the collaboration among Poetry X Hunger, The Poartry Project, and Feed the Children. That's the day the Art Auction to Alleviate Hunger kicks off.
By now you probably know that a few multitalented artists created works of art inspired by poems published on Poetry X Hunger, the world's first website dedicated to poetry about hunger. You might even know that all the proceeds from the auction and donation campaign will be going to Feed the Children, the international organization dedicated to assisting children and families in need.
I'm guessing you don't know who those artists are and which poems were chosen for inspiration from the Poetry X Hunger website. That's the purpose of this post: to introduce you to the artists and representative samples of their work (Ya don't think I'd give away the actual auction items, do you?); and to the poets and their poems. I've only included excerpts of the poems here, but there are links to the all of the full poems as published on Poetry X Hunger.
I've listed the visual artists' bios with a representative piece of art that is not a part of the auction first, then the name of the poet, their poem title (with live link), and the beginning of the poem.Barbara Ezell has been a librarian/educator as vocation and hobbyist artist for many years, with expressions in various media: film, mosaics, photography, shadow boxes, paper marbling, collage, epoxy clay, and jewelry making. She has an MFA in film/video and create personal films. Over time she has been a member artist of Woman Made Gallery and exhibited in a few WMG shows and at Chicago area libraries and universities. Currently, she makes original jewelry: pendants, pins and earrings from decorated tin and rejuvenated jewelry, and shadow boxes featuring my jewelry. She calls her sculptural pieces Mystic Muses.
like the girl on the magazine cover
cradling a loaf of white bread
as if it’s a miracle. Tonight she will
sleep with food in her tummy.
Elaine's painting was inspired by Abha Das Sarma's The Wait. It begins:
I imagine "What it is";, to say
Hungry and stay, that way
Elle Dooley is a multidisciplinary artist creating at the crossroads of word and image. She has a living passion for literature and the arts, lettering, illustration, and hand bound books. She produces constructed works using both digital and mixed media collage, and she is the author of a soon to be published oracle deck, Archetypes of Time.
the shapes of fruit until the dark
became our eyes.
On those nights we left our fields
unhearing the crack of broken roots,
the silence of dying ground.
Like the sound before a thunderstorm
An inner ache, like that of a woman in travail follows after
I toss and turn and hope
Tonight will be better
JC Wayne is a poet and artist ("poartist") specializing in ekphrasis, nature and existential poetry that explores inner and outer landscapes; visual artist noted for using eco-friendly, plant-based materials; cartographer of the unseen; poetry and art adventure guide; certified creative aging teaching artist and emissary of beauty, perception, insight and discovery. Her calling and goal as founder of The Poartry Project is building loving worlds through loving words and art by applying the practice of "poartry" - the highly-trained, uniquely-adept artistry she has conceived and pioneers. Poartry is the wielding, interpreting and translating the energy of language as words and visuals consciously, skillfully and systematically for good. Her inaugural book of poetry is Voicing Art: Poetry of Space | Place | Time (2019). She is currently working on a second volume, Voicing Art: Poetry in Place, and a book sharing her pioneering practice of poartry, Poartry: Creating with the Energy of Language as a Force of Good. Her art has appeared in a variety of solo and group gallery exhibitions and in online publications, as well as populating her hand-made Golden Threads of Good Books for Children & the Young-at-Heart. WEBSITE: poartry.org, INSTAGRAM: @thepoartryproject
right to the red rusting boathouse, tall trees
whispering, sheep bleating. Look left, follow
the waves, their bluegreen sheen domed by the sky,
bend and dip with the coast road.
Add a touch of honey dripping in our own gluttony
While we slowly speak the dialect of hunger
We claim to be ambitious on solutions
But truth says we have never met
signs gurgle will clean anything
for a living wage. Roots dry rot
waiting for hire.
Regardless of language, age, or color
The feeling that eats our guts without compassion
For many, it is the reason for their pain
Parachuted like, a hovering drone
Towering as a dish sitted
On space or orbit
I wanna lend a hand
With terra-pixel lenses
My bird's eye_ viewing
All silos spread about
They’re said through eyes
That watch others eat
Longing for a carrot
Piece of apple
Skyler Dagucon is an aspiring deck creator. they are a crystal enthusiast and a caregiver, an artist in transformation and human in transition.
You would pick the child up, gingerly like a newborn
cradling her large head, thin-skinned body, jutting bones,
And no mother you, but you would have hushed her