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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

ALMA: Poems and Drawings


(copyright by Sharyn Jane Hyatt)


Many years ago I self-published with artist Sharyn Jane Hyatt a collection of poems and drawings titled Alma. Those poems were later gathered into my Wildwood Flower, published by LSU Press in 1992. Sherry's drawings could not be included, alas, and I still think about doing another limited edition run of this manuscript.

I thought you might enjoy seeing some of her drawings, so for the next day or two, I will be posting one of them, along with one of the poems.




12 comments:

willow said...

The best kind of diamonds! And lovey drawing accompanying! Post more of these, please!

Vicki Lane said...

Beautiful drawing! But the poem -- tender and rather quietly erotic. Wow!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

What a fascinating drawing. I look forward to more. Hope you had a great St. Patrick's day. Please stop by my kitchen when you get a chance. I have something for you.
Sam

Kathryn Stripling Byer said...

Willow and Vicki, oh to have such diamonds every day!
This poem began from a photo/slide show years ago about the S. Appalachian foliage. There were the leaves, up close and personal, with gorgeous raindrops on them!
Coming right over, Sam! I love your kitchen and haven't visited it often enough lately.

Julia Nunnally Duncan said...

What a world you've captured in those written lines. And how sensual her desire to have him "fill his hands" with her hair. This is the kind of stunning image I love to read and aspire to write.

Jessie Carty said...

Ionesco the fingers that could have had gold rings and that picture really is fantastic'

Charlotte said...

This really captures so well all the hope and poverty of youth, Kay. I didn't know that the drawings inspired the poems--I thought they were done to accompany the poems!

Lynn Hamilton Rutherford said...

You amaze me Kathryn ... your "diamonds" have truly inspired me!

Lynn Hamilton Rutherford said...

Kay ... I visited the site you suggested and my offering is now on my blog! haha .... Thanks for the prompting! Sometimes a little nudge is all we need! :))

Kathryn Magendie said...

Romance in its truest finest form ... beautiful. And I love the drawing - I think that would be a lovely book, Kathryn....a treasure of poetry and artwork.

Kathryn Stripling Byer said...

Hi Charlotte, yes, the drawings were "inspired" by the poems, though I am now thinking I'll go back and let it work the other way around! Kat, your comment made me think of that. I'd love to have a book that brings image and poetry back together again so many years later.
Good for you, Lynn! I'll check out your Magpie response.
Thank you, Julia. This remains one of my favorite poems. I wonder if ever I'll be able to capture a moment like that again.

marly youmans said...

Kay,

Do you know what Sherry is up to these days? I didn't realize you were blogging--shall drift back again!