March 8, 2014
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I submitted a handful of art and poetry to my school’s journal. A week ago I received an e-mail with the classic line: “We appreciate….”
I immediately knew I had been “rejected”! It stung til I found myself realizing three things:
1.) It wasn’t my first rejection.
2.) I had been published in the journal before.
3.) There is always next fall!
Then I wondered what makes a poem great? Is that subjective? Is there any such thing?
While doing chores today I found myself thinking about what makes a great poem. Two things came to mind:
1.) A poem is like a bridge that reaches from a poet’s heart to the paper and then from the poet to a reader. (It resonances)
2.) A poem is timeless!
Through this reflection I found myself thinking of my “journey” as a poet. A few years ago I took a Creative Writing class. My professor graded our poetry and prose on a scale of 1-3. He graded us on our mechanics, style and subject matter. Where necessary he provided constructive feedback. These grading techniques helped me grow. If I scored a 1 on a poem
I knew the reason. In a sense that was constructive rejection.
I can handle rejection or a lousy score if I know why. It helps me to grow. It is also helpful to have that review or assessment of your work because it keeps the bar high.
The next time I receive a rejection letter I hope I get a kind editor who will write a sentence or two that will give me a reason.
Have you experienced rejection? How did you grow from it?
March 6, 2014
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Canvas Poetry is in Week 3 of the Poememes challenge! For this challenge you’re including a personal credo or motto. You can use a favorite quote too. Don’t forget the art element!
For mine I used my “Love Write” credo. “Love Write” was a personal motto put I have also used it quite often as a salutation in many of my blog posts here. It fits me because I believe love is powerful. Unconditional love is pure love that can move mountains and dry tears. I added the “Write” as a play on words and a means to elude to loving unconditionally–properly! This motto echoes the “golden rule” yet utilizes my passion for the written word.
I created my above credo by using a 3 x 5 index card. I used washi tape for the textured background. The heart is from Heidi Swapp. The purple or amethyst color on the heart is Color Shine from Heidi Swapp too. The pen nib and the word “write” is from Tim Holtz. I love my idea-ology stuff, LOL!
Here’s the poetic aspect:
What’s your credo? Why do you follow that credo?! Create your credo/motto and share it on the flickr group!
Note: the link list closes thursdat March 13 but you can always post it on the flickr group.
Did you miss the previous Poememes? Don’t fret you can start at any time! Join the group on flickr! Or post them through the above linky list!
Would a facebook and or google+ group be a helpful avenue to share your responses to the prompts?
February 27, 2014
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This is week 2 of the Poememes weekly challenge. This week’s prompt is texture and verse. You can paint it, sketch it, take a photo of texture, make a collage of textures etc. Then write a one verse poem. The poem can be a thought, observation, or related to the texture you created. Anything at all.
Bookmark this post so you can post your finished product below via the linky list or upload it to the flickr group.
Lately, I’ve using masking tape and bubble wrap for my textures. Here are a few of my own pieces:
I took a photo of my masking tape painted journal page and then typed the verse in my pixlr express app. Notice how the green font seems to look like an embroidered sampler?!
I wrote a thought about my anticipation for spring: “I yearn for green pastures on a warm spring day.”
My second piece:
For this piece I used bubble wrap and broken china distress paint from Tim Holtz. This piece became a hybrid piece two because I took a photo of my bubble wrap stamped paper and then added the text later. I was originally going to type the verse and then printed onto the blue textured paper but the paper was too thick.
The linky list for Prompt 2 is below! Click on the button and then follow the instructions to post your link. Or join the flickr group! Or both.
Feel free to share your work! If you have any questions or need some more help with the prompt e-mail me: email@example.com!
P.s– You are creative. Give it a spin.
February 20, 2014
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So today’s the day for Canvas Poetry’s blog project, Poememes. I am like a kid in a candy store that is how excited I have been. Anyways here’s first prompt: Alter a paper cup + verse of poetry.
I took last week’s coffee cup and transformed it into an altered cup of art with a verse transcribed on its sleeve. Here’s what I did with this prompt.
Painted tea cup with a painted sleeve.
Close up to sleeve. It reads: “Let your heart steep in words of love daily!”
- Coffee cup
- Frayed Burlap Distress paint
- Distress Ink (Fired Brick Red & Tea Dye)
- Distress Stain (vintage photo)
- Crinkle Ribbon
- Mod Podge
- Scrapbook paper tan script.
Your turn! How will you alter a paper cup? Make sure you scribble a thought on your cup too. You can share your work below via the linky list or join the Poememes flickr group and upload your pieces. I look forward to seeing your work. Bookmark or subscribe to Canvas Poetry for next week’s prompt and read other posts.
February 13, 2014
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I’ve been wanting a Recollection Creative Chaos binder, but didn’t want to buy it and not have a purpose for it. My recent blog project found its companion home in a “Timeless” Recollections Creative Chaos binder. It has 20 pages of decorative cardstock/papers, washi tape, stickers, a vellum pocket, a kraft pocket/envelope and a photo sheet. The binder is rather huge but they only have two sizes and I wanted a size that was friendly to my P’articles and standard sized paper. I chose the Timeless theme because it fits my interests as a writer, artist and historian. For instance one page has a bunch of typewriter keys all over it. These papers are so beautiful! I love the Recollections company.
Armed & Creative!
I plan to scrapbook my Poememes in this scrapbook journal. I especially liked the clear zipper pouch because I can house my most used materials: poetic scrap (ideal journal), adhesive tape, pens, colored pencils, markers, stickers and well empherma. Hmmm, am I missing anything?! Well maybe the size is ideal then, LOL! Some of these items I’ll rotate out as things change.
In addition, to my binder I am gathering some other materials for the launch of the Poememes project. So far mainly empherma from today’s ventures. A piece of empherma will be used in next week’s challenge (2-20-14) and I may have said too much.
Below are some of the pages of my Poememes journal.
February 6, 2014
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Poememes: a hybrid word that combines poem and memes. A single verse of poetry transmitted on a viable surface. This is a weekly challenge that utilizes a one-line poem that is transmitted, translated or accompanied by a chosen medium….
This challenge combines my love for poetry and art. Since art and poetry can be “transmitted” in almost any means I thought that the term just fit and besides the arts are definitely units of culture. The word just emerged from my consciousness and unto a page of my poetic scraps (idea journal) about a year ago and I have since decided to begin a weekly challenge on my blog. I hope that this will inspire poets, artists and anyone who thinks they are not creative to join in and give it a try. It is also my hope that this will provide a sense of community here as well.
These challenges will be weekly beginning February 20, 2014. You can begin anytime if you wish. You may share your work or participate independently. (It is free to join!)
Don’t be intimedated by the term poetry. From my experience many people think of the word poetry and they automatically think that they can’t write anything. It doesn’t have to rhyme or be eloquent. If you can jot down a simple thought odds are you can do this. This is supposed to be stress free and fun. Here’s a sampling of what you can consider when penning a verse:
- an observation.
- a witty saying
- an idea you’d like to explore at another time.
- a belief or value.
- a statement
- a simple thought….etc.
For the most part you can use whatever you have on hand. Although a couple key items would prove to be helpful:
- Journal (notebook or sketchbook)
- a means to make a short video.
- You can begin this weekly challenge at any time.
- You have the option to share or participate independently.
- Artwork must include one verse of poetry.
- Post limit is 3 photos or videos a week in the flickr group.
- Create respectful compositions and post respectful comments.
- (No graphic, violent or hateful pieces)
- If you post your link to the linky page please submit a post specfic URL rather than a link to your homepage or blog.
- Have Fun & Enjoy the Artful Endeavor!
- Come back thursdays for new prompts!
Got Questions or Concerns?
Do you have any questions or concerns about the challenge/project? E-mail me by using the form below!
February 4, 2014
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I often create stationary to share here. Some of which is digital while some are made by hand. You can download the pieces either one or both and then use them for your personal use only. If you write a poem and post it to your blog please link back to the canvas.Below you’ll find two sheets of paper to download. If you write a poem or a bit of prose please e-mail me! I’d like to read your work!
The Write Idea page is a prompt checklist. Choose a prompt and then generate some ideas that correspond to your chosen prompt!
The Love Write stationary is a Canvas Poetry motto and salutation. Enjoy them!
- Choose your paper.
- Right click on chosen image.
- Choose “Save As” and decide the location of the file.
January 30, 2014
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“I write wherever the current carries my pen.”-j.ajabad
Listing of my forum pieces, previous blog(s), publications. (c)j.ajabad
Bear Hugz–my first poetry blog. I kept it in high school. I named it after my late Great uncle who loved giving us hugs. I added the Bear, to imply a warm embrace as a goal of my poetry. I guess I may have been a bit of an idealist in high school.
Ink Stained Heart--this was my ‘ol myspace blog. There isn’t any story behind the name other than the words we utter have weight and such to them. Now Ink Stained Heart is my personal poetry category in the blog. This will play host to previously written/posted pieces, current pieces, my notebook, and hopefully publications. =)
Starlite Cafe Forum
(These pieces were previously posted on Starlitecafe, when I went by Purpledust and later Ajabad. There maybe some weird typos in place of commas and other punctuations, I am not sure why this is. I have tried countless times to edit them but it has been in vain. My verses can no longer be found in the forum, however since I didn’t delete my work before my account there are still traces of them found caught in the web. Enjoy!)
Depths Of Yesterday
Life’s Little Disclaimer
The Following Road
The Last Little Tiger
Two Friends Quest For Peace
Dryest Of Droughts
All Needs The Lean
Someday Saturday Night
A Child Of Weather
The Enchanted Rose
A Heart’s Markings
You Cannot Poach A Soul
Life’s Still N Motion(N Sketched Steps)
Felt Like Screaming
On Heaven’s Hills
Erosion Of Pain (posted to Canvas Poetry 4-25-11)
Missed Greatly Return Soon
Not For Harvest
Air Of Confidence
Winter’s A Beast
To Flaw Your Story
Recalling A Penned Sea
Dust Of Destruction
To: All Humanity
A Steamed Loco
To Write Once More
Fallen In Fall
The Mystery Of Day
January 29, 2014
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I lost much of the articles from my web site One Canvas One Soul thus I’ll have to start from scratch. However, this revision project for my blog is going smoothly. I have a few more pieces to fit into the puzzle and then I’ll be posting more often (at least once a week). I plan to make a page for my videos as well. More to come soon…
January 21, 2014
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After much consideration I decided to combine and condense my site One Canvas One Soul with my blog Canvas Poetry. I made this decision based on a few realities:
- I can literally update my blog from anywhere.
- Easier to keep track of one condensed site, or in this case blog.
- I grew tired of the interface my webhost used for my site.
- I could spend my time focused on one site as opposed to two. This kind of overlaps with my second reason but you get the gist.
- Finally, I felt overwhelmed with two sites. My overwhelming feeling began to translate to boredom with both sites.
With all these factors in mine I made what I believe to be the best choice. However, after reflecting on my final reason I realize I may have lost many readers due to a lack of posting on either site. If you are still reading my blog after all this time, I thank you for being patient with my random posting schedule. If you are new to my blog I welcome you!
Over the next few weeks I will be working on completing this process of combining and condensing. I will be adding features from my old site such as Artist Arsenal, Galleries, and A.R.T (Awareness,revolution and tranquility) to the blog. Alongside these “old” features I plan to add at least two new ones: Poememes and Scrapetry.
Poememes: Is a hybrid word which combines poetry and memes together. This feature will consist of weekly challenges which challenges readers to write/illustrate a single verse. You’ll be able to participate either by yourself or by adding your specific blog link or flickr link to a blog hop.
Scrapetry: Is a focusing on the element of poetry/journaling on a scrapbook layout. I haven’t decided exactly how I am going to utilize this feature, quite yet.
I anticipate these changes to be complete by the first week of February. In the meantime, I hope you will thumb through the archives, resources and feel free to submit your poetry, prose and or artwork. You can find me on google+, flickr, pinterest, twitter, blogcatalog, bloglov’in and facebook (although, I am in the process of restoring my page which I am unfortunately starting from scratch; long story).
Be sure to e-mail me with questions, comments, suggestions and any other assorted curiousities you may have at: firstname.lastname@example.org