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And it’s all about crows! Now there’s a surprise, after all that’s been said, eh?
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Most of all, enjoy – and Happy New Year!
the zen space
PS. Due to technical reasons I have had to omit several contributions, and I would like to apologise for that. In particular I have to apologise to regular contributor Tyler Pruett.
… to inspire you to write your own.
The deadline is 31st December. The subject is the crow, or crows…
Crows, notoriously random, one moment aerobatic, the next as untidy as a gale-blown paper bag. They stride purposefully across a road, but hop sideways when a car passes. They scatter, musical notation morphing, on a wet, stubbled field.
They are clerks, old priests, undertakers, schoolmasters, dusty disposal operatives.
They are not only crows, but ravens, choughs, jackdaws, magpies, rooks, jays, an entire race. They are metaphorical, or surreal, or deadly realistic. Some have a misplaced white feather here. Or here. Or even here. On a tree, and against the winter sky, they can appear as gaunt as the naked tree they perch on, or they can seem sleek and fat on God-knows-what in contrast with the tortured branches.
They are (perhaps) the National Bird of Scotland, their accent being a throatful of Buckfast after a takeaway kebab.
They are here for you to plunder, to rob, or to dignify your shoulder as you carry them into the room on a haiku, a senryu, a short burst of poetry.
Or you could ignore the crow totally, write about what’s there when a crow is not, write about the most un-crow thing that occurs to you. It’s entirely up to you. Go to the ‘Submission’ tab and use the email address there.
Just remember that the deadline is 31st December…
I would really like to encourage people to set their minds, senses, and imaginations free with the ‘fridge magnet haiga’ project for the next Showcase. For a start, it doesn’t have to be haiga…
What can you express by something that attaches to a refrigerator? My first example, in the previous post, was simply a photo of one of the messages left for photographer Robin Malherbe on the fridge he uses. What I love about it is the fact that it has used large, tatty, much-loved, single letters to deliver the tag ‘Rob loves’, and then augmented it with magnetic whole-words. Notice how the word ‘his’ has been improvised from ‘is’ stuck onto another word beginning with ‘h’. it’s not exactly haiga, nor haiku, but it is nevertheless brief and full of gentle impact.
But you don’t have to
Artist Sean Kenney makes creations with Lego bricks; but also in his portfolio are very simple presentations like the image below, made from fridge letters. Again there is impact here. Is it an encouragement or command for you to use your imagination? What do the jumbled letters mean? Are you trying to make a word out of them as you look on? Are you even thinking about John Lennon? Again, it’s not exactly haiga or haiku, but if something like this turned up as a submission to the zen space, for this Showcase, I would be delighted and intrigued.
Blogger Bhakti has created her own poetry out of magnetic whole-words.
Art Lebdev has created a game involving coloured shapes built up from squares, with which an almost infinite number of abstract combinations can be made. There are no words involved, but the shapes themselves can be a form of abstract expressionism.
With Lebdev’s ‘Tetrius’ shapes, or alongside any image of anything that can be stuck to a fridge, you can provide accompanying words. They can be text separate from the image, or they can be superimposed on the image. They do not have to be made of magnetic letters.
Indeed, if you make a picture, say of something like the AliExpress butterflies shown below, and you feel that the image alone clearly has an in-the-moment message, then that will do also.
It’s entirely up to you.
Also if you simply wish to write a haiku, poems, or fragment about fridge magnets, that would be brilliant too! Get in touch with me by email – see the ‘Submission’ page.
All images above are selected under ‘fair use’ provisions.
I’m giving advance notice of the next two Showcases here at the zen space. As always I am hoping for new names amongst our contributors; nevertheless if you have contributed in the past and think you can come up with something, I will not turn it away without good consideration. So please, pass along the news about what I’m looking for to others in your circle.
For some considerable time now, I have followed the blogs of Robin Malherbe, who describes himself variously as ‘a cantankerous old mule’ and ‘a peripatetic shutterbug’. I have tracked him and his photography through South Africa, Canada, Madagascar, and Nepal, to mention just a few places. Somewhere in the blogs there was a series of photos he took of creative messages made from fridge magnets. These were made by some South African boys between the ages of 11 and 15 – offspring of a couple who run the church Robin is involved with – and consist of developing messages to and about Robin. This is how they started, with the simple…
and this is one of the many developments…
I love the tattiness and the variety in the magnet-letters and words – that says as much to me as the actual verbal message.
The Autumn 2015 Showcase will feature a limited number of Fridge Magnet Haiga, including more by those South African boys. What I want from you, is haiku, haiga, and other impressions and expressions in words and images, created from magnetic items placed on refrigerators. Let me see what you can do!
For the Winter 2016 Showcase I shall be looking at The Crow. What can you give me that members of the genus corvidae inspire?
I’m looking forward greatly! As always, please don’t post your submissions here, but send them to me by email.