Monday, August 18, 2008

Words & Color by Angie Ledbetter


I know it's hard to read the words I've culled from a textbook page to form a visual poem, but just the colors and design are pretty interesting in themselves, dontcha think? Lately, I've become consumed with this new-to-me-poetry/art-form. Sometimes called Visual Poetry (VizPo), Concrete Poetry, Treated Text, Manipulated Books, Book Art, and Poetry Art, it's a great way to spend time away from the world and normal routines, and I encourage you to see what it's all about. (I don't have a single ounce of artistic "ability," so good thing it's not a requirement.)
Why am I writing about it today? You know how it is when you run across a great bargain, a cafe that makes the best cup of coffee you've ever had, new love with someone really fantastic (not that these examples are in order of importance), a fresh market that sells the most awesome tomatoes, a little known book, a fantastic piece of music...something that really amazes you and pushes your gratitude button? You just want to share it with anyone who might be interested in your own little personal discovery or unearthing of a nifty little nugget.
And while we're on the subject of words, I hope my sister-in-law won't mind me borrowing a few lines from an email she sent just now after taking a walk. She'd read a beautiful poem on some aspect of Monet's work and life, and her note was infused with images of simple beauty and wistfulness, so again, I wanted to share:
Sigh. Isn't poetry beautiful?
And art?
And earth?

Now that's why we have all these words and colors and combinations of the two surrounding us -- Inspiration! And I'm grateful every day for that gift.

{Visual Poetry by Angie Ledbetter}

7 comments:

Kathryn Magendie said...

Angie said, "I don't have a single ounce of artistic "ability," so good thing it's not a requirement"

HA! That is simply NOT true - you are just "unaware" of how much "ability," talent, and creative intent/purpose/heart you do have....

Barbara Quinn said...

And you, Angie, are an inspiration, besides being creative and talented. I really like the visual poetry.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Thanks, ladies. It's the most awesome (and free!) therapy I've found...besides cooking. Please give it a try. Those poems are just hiding away inside text, already-written-poems, prose, etc....waiting for you to ferret them out, circle them, and add a bold background. Hey, kinda like life! You've got the surface stuff going on that everyone sees, and the secret interior doing its own thing. ;)

Patresa Hartman said...

oh, i like your visual poetry, angie! and i like that you get excited when you discover a new wonderful thing and that you share it. and i like your sister's impromptu poem. the earth is totally beautiful.

Ami said...

"Now that's why we have all these words and colors and combinations of the two surrounding us -- Inspiration! And I'm grateful every day for that gift."

Me, too. :)

And your visual art is beautiful. Thank you for sharing it.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Thanks for the good words, Patresa & Ami.

And, Ami, I really enjoy your blog!

Mary Ann said...

Angie won't tell but she's on the cusp of something huge with her visual poetry/manipulated text.

I'm ever so grateful she'll be teaching one meeting (at least) of a creative writing at LSU.

I'm grateful God put Angie and Laura Mullen, the prof who's wildly taken with Angie's new poetic art form, together. Just out of the blue.

Ha! I'm so grateful for this recognition, this validation.

Maybe how Angie'll believe her talent is real.

Love,
MA

P.S. I'm grateful I don't have to do this kind of drawing/painting/writing. It makes me nervous as a tick. No rules, you see. Hehe.

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