Recently the following quote from the poem A Poet Is a Clinton D. Powell, also known as “A Poem for a Poet,” has been making the rounds on the Internet: “A poet is a verb that blossoms light.”
The poem was written to commemorate my friend Clinton’s inspired life and early death on January 2, 2011. That others have been gleaning some small inspiration and motivation from the phrase seems appropriate enough. He would have liked that because although he was not particularly prolific as a poet, he was an extraordinary champion of the art and those who practiced it. There were few venues in Savannah, Georgia, where he did not turn up for open mics or other poetry showcases (including classrooms on every educational level) to lend his support.
There is at least one art graphic that I’m aware of with the quote on it already but that one uses an image of me in support of National Poetry Month. I don’t have a problem with that but I also wanted something more illustrative of the words’ original purpose. As so often happens when confronted by such an aesthetic dilemma, those more accomplished than myself in the field of visual arts offered valuable guidance and kindly walked me through the creation of a set of Andy-Warhol-like constructions in which the basic image is repeated several times with color and contrast variations. (Continues below)
After narrowing the choices for a final graphic down to 3, I was supposed to choose 1. However, I l liked the final 3 so much that I decided to stick with the Andy Warhol template and make National Poetry Month and World Poetry Day posters (for use later this year) out of all 3. Hence: the floral trinity presented in this blog on this second anniversary of Clinton’s death. I think the theater director in him would have liked it this way as well.
Among of the pronouncements Clinton once made in regard to poetry was: “I want to be able to touch every part of our community with poetry.” Maybe this bouquet of light upon light will help him do exactly that.
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