Collage No. 3

collage_3_right Considerably more subdued than the earlier ones in this series. You can see the stitching holding the book together on the left. It seems odd, but I have been using this series of collages to think about how to complete & organize a sequence of poems I have been working on for many years. All the poems use the same syllabic form, but the subject matter varies wildly. The problem is how to make it cohere. Working on these collages -- which I can do loosely because I'm not really a visual artist & because even as an amateur I am conceiving of them as sketches or studies -- has enabled me to think about how to frame & foreground & vary the arrangement of the poems in my sequence. The fact that  am working in a book with these pieces makes the analogy explicit, too, as I decide what materials to incorporate & how to create links between different pages.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

3 thoughts on “Collage No. 3”

  1. sequence, series, cycle–how that rings back 40 years for me, and before that for example for george oppen’s DISCRETE SERIES (publd 1933 or 34 a few year before i was born)and after that the worlds of language parentheses. all abt structure and texture, mostly composition in musical terms. for you, i wonder abt the uses of the mobius strip model in your gathering poems together–better, looking to see how they gather themselves falling forward twisting and reflecting and returning. one thing after another procedeing/turning/returning the way the mind does as it mulls,meanders,cogitates and maunders even until…. edward mycue

  2. That falling forward and twisting is what I’m exploring, Ed. The collages are helping me think through relationships in the abstract so that I can (I hope) pull together the pieces of a sequence I have been digging away at for twenty years.

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