My favorite poem about poetry is Howard Nemerov’s Because You Asked about the Line between Prose and Poetry, a definition by shimmering example. I wanted to capture the poem’s implied color range from “freezing drizzle” to the snow, “random, white and slow.” This presented a challenge of contrast as any color used for the text didn’t show up well on the blacks, the whites, and the grays, especially the grays. I ended up weaving in the grays, including the ones made by alphabet rubber stamps, so that the grays would accompany but not sit under the text.
|Title||Because You Asked about the Line Between Prose and Poetry|
|Place of Publication||Portland, OR|
|Author of Text/Poet||Howard Nemerov|
|Medium/ Materials||Gouache on Arches Text Wove. Paper was treated with black acrylic and matte medium, permanent stamp pad ink, white gel pen and joss paper.|
|Paper Stock||Arches Text Wove|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||20.625 x 10 x 1.325 inches|