Words as Art

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It is a privilege to offer creativity through poetry. Thomas Foran is gifted in many arenas, and poetry is just one. As a world traveler, he has the opportunity to absorb many cultures and languages infusing his own ideas with layers of meaning. On occasion, we share a meal together and I learn his eclectic culinary tastes are as diverse as his talents.

And now the page is his.



A word, a picture, a phrase, a poignant saying, a string of prose, a poem… all of these leave me with both a visual and emotional
reaction. The spoken word is art for me.

This is my connection to poetry as art. My art then consists of the written word and its relationship to others’ art. I share the following pieces of ADDITION, REACTION and ARGUMENT hoping that the viewer finds a new way to interact with poetry.


Thomas Foran, Poem 341, Ann Grasso Pattern Art














This is an example of Addition and my additions are in bold.

“Poem #341”, Emily Dickinson

“after great pain a formal feeling comes
the nerves sit ceremonious like tombs”
dully staring off into space where nothing
echoes or cares or deems importance
“the stiff heart questions was it he that bore
and yesterday or centuries before”
or she that birthed from goddesses there
on high in athens where creation came to be

“the feet mechanical go round
of ground or air or ought”
circling endlessly in arcs of light and dew
until the dullness of pain o’ertakes anew
“a wooden way regardless grown”
stultifying and resisting growth and in
its resistance creates the gem of grief
“a quartz contentment like a stone”

“this is the hour of lead”
no precious metal here hidden in the clay
but dross and slag to play the wounded
“remembered if outlived”
or outloved or overborne of joy
the act of being cannot overcome death
“as freezing persons recollect the snow
first chill then stupor then the letting go”


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This is an example of Reaction. “The Blue Guitar” by Wallace Stevens

They said, “You have a blue guitar,
You do not play things as they are.”
The man replied, “Things as they are
are changed upon the blue guitar.”

and I react:

my life is a blue guitar and it distorts the meaning of your words
when you come to me and I reject you
it is the work of my inner blue guitar and not me
many have tried but only a few have made it across the blue border
their fond remembrances create new fantasies
but fantasies exist only in the mind and never in the body
where is the one who can breach the blue
or is it too late to have love again


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This is an example of Argument.

“Swineherd” by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanán

In the second stanza the author writes:

‘…I want to lie awake at night
Listening to cream crawling to the top of the jug
And the water lying soft in the cistern…’

and I continue:

I don’t want to lie awake at night
anymore listening to the orange bedroom walls
rearrange themselves [anew] for
I want to deeply sleep at night
dreaming of dancing in a parquet-floored studio
and count out each new step
I can want and then can fail
to fulfill this destiny [alone] without any help or
guidance from earthly powers
I do want to be so alive again
that retirement becomes an age where one
can sleep or dream or be or not!


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  • Mary R.

    As a young English/Writing major in college, the poetry semesters were my least favorite. As I’ve aged I find the beauty and depth that I was too busy to appreciate then. I wonder if we’d been given an assignment of interacting with the poetry rather than dissecting only, if I would have learned to appreciate it sooner. Your relationship with others’ art invests you, makes it personal to you and thus, more interesting to you. As a reader of your additions, reactions and arguments, it gives me another way to weigh my reactions to the original. Thank you for this new way to look–this new avenue to poetry–and for sharing your lovely words.

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