THE ANNUAL ART-POETRY COLLABORATION was on exhibit last month at South Seattle Community College. For me and other artists and poets it is also the imagination challenge. My interpretation of Lily Men-Sin’s poem “Hallucination” is above; a mixed media piece using photography, newspaper, and acrylic on gessoed chip board. The excitement for me, at least, is creating art that I would not have thought to create. I’m guessing the same is true for the poet’s as well. I hope that this tradition continues far into the future; it is an immensely enriching experience.
HallucinationA crash Disturbs my presence I look over At a site that shocks me A conflagration Across the Seattle skyline The sight of my town Being annihilated into bits and pieces A great hullabaloo catches my attention Helicopters flying in circles But not helping put out my city I have never felt so malevolent I had a plan The fractious side of me has taken over I wanted the helicopter to go down Down and burn along with my city As I scamper over to a shop to take a weapon Someone bumps me Back into reality The crash I have heard, Were just kids skateboarding nearby I look over at my city And enjoyed the sweet simplicity of life —Lily Men-Sin
A pastel painting of an old abandoned Dodge truck was my submission to the poet. Lily wrote a poignant poem of remembrance. The painting was inspired by a photo I snapped an of old truck at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum near of Phoenix, Arizona several years ago.