To build a shadow (now with sunshine & color!)

To build a shadow (now with sunshine & color!)

Another re-blogged concrete poem of an apple casting an evening shadow, now in Technicolor! I also added a sun in the upper right-hand corner constructed out of the title, author and copyright date, underlined to mimic its solar rays. Don’t think I’ve had this much fun with a poem in awhile. Hope you enjoy!

About tyler4turtles

I am an avid photographer, poet, ecologist, bookworm, blogger, art enthusiast and runner who calls Montana home but lives in Oregon.
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26 Responses to To build a shadow (now with sunshine & color!)

  1. Tyler,
    This one is my favorite yet! I love the poem and the way you displayed it is beyond fantastic!
    I’m so happy that I happened upon your blog.
    Cheers,
    Jennifer

    • Oh and you’ve inspired me to write a poem about nature poem.
      πŸ˜€

      • Awesome! Very happy to know my poetry inspired you to write about nature. We are all part of a giant ecosystem on WordPress, dining off one another’s food for thought πŸ™‚
        Cheers,
        Tyler

    • Thank you, Jennifer! I am humbled by your praise and appreciate your support. I actually did this shape poem a few weeks ago, but today, I had an idea to go back and add colored font to give the apple the extra dimensionality its words so described and deserved! Also, I placed a setting sun in the upper right corner to integrate a complete foreground, middle ground and background that enhanced the depth and visual dialogue of the piece. Glad you enjoyed it! Hope you have a good night πŸ™‚
      Cheers,
      Tyler

  2. Gallivanta says:

    Fun. I do like the title sun shape.

  3. VeeKay says:

    I really really love this one, everything about it… it’s like you’ve taken words from my head and arranged then in the perfect order. How very clever you are, and the shape too – I’m feeling like Jennifer now, I need to go away and write something beautiful, thank you.

    • The highest complement you could give me is that my work inspired you to write something beautiful. Thank you for your kind words and support, Verity! I am deeply humbled by your praise. I actually shaped this poem a few weeks after I wrote it. Its ordinary disorderly being was transformed into a unique entity complete with multicolored text. I’ve often thought about going back and sculpting more of my older poems. You might say I’m re-appropriating my own art in a new light. The multivalent themes of poetry, nature and art drive my creativity and curiosity. So many delicious moments are ripe for the picking πŸ™‚ I hope you have a wonderful Friday!
      Cheers,
      Tyler

      • VeeKay says:

        This is a great original idea – imagine a beautiful collection of ‘shaped’ poems, it adds another dimension to the art as you say. Lots of work however… take care, Verity

    • Thank you, Simon! A shape poem is not all about eye candy. It has to have substance to support the subject it represents! Hope you have a great Friday, my friend πŸ™‚
      Cheers,
      Tyler

  4. words4jp says:

    Very creative. Lots of creative juices flowing I see!!

  5. Reblogged this on The ancient eavesdropper and commented:

    An apple a day keeps the cogs and wheels moving upstairs…

  6. matthewexeter says:
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  8. bgbowers says:

    I love these concrete poems, Tyler. So creative, and so much fun.:)

    • Thank you, Bianca! I’m certainly not the first to stylize text, but it’s the best way for me to organize my thoughts amid this cluttered existence. Hope you are having a relaxing weekend and keep up the wonderful work on your blog!
      Cheers,
      Tyler πŸ™‚

  9. Rana says:

    This is just so clever! And very very well executed. I wish I could think poetry in shapes and forms like this. Wonderfully done!

    • Thank you, Rana! Your kind words are very much appreciated. Concrete poetry has certainly set into my brain, as has the irony that I find form so oddly freeing! Keep up the inspired work on your blog, my friend, and have a relaxing weekend!
      Cheers,
      Tyler πŸ™‚

  10. Shards Of DuBois says:

    wow! LOVE IT!!! great idea too, with the shadow!!! πŸ˜‰

    • Thank you! It’s ironic because all my shape poems have been about the silhouette of an object, but then I had the idea to capture the shadow of the silhouette to give the poem more depth. I’ve only recently added colored font to make the poems ‘pop’ and draw the reader into the text. Glad you are enjoying my shape poems. Thus far, I have sculpted snails, snakes, turtles, leaves, trees, crescent moons, matadors, bulls, skulls, nautilus, octopus, coke bottles, hourglasses, pears, apples, salmon, shoes, chromosomes/DNA, paper bags, the ‘X’ in exchange and a few others that have escaped my memory at the moment. Ultimately, I want my concrete poetry to capture and celebrate the diversity of life on this planet. Stay tuned for more sculpted words and thank you for your support, my friend! Keep up the inspired work on your blog πŸ™‚
      Cheers,
      Tyler

  11. becky6259 says:

    Glad you had fun writing (sculpting) this — it is fun to look at and read, too!

    • Thank you, Becky! People wonder how I have the patience to construct concrete poems. For me, it’s all about the experience each new shape brings, becoming acquainted with the curves of the context. You can lose yourself here, caught up in timeless passion. Hope you have a wonderful Monday, my friend!
      Cheers,
      Tyler πŸ™‚

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