Thursday, July 14, 2016

To You


To You

Stranger, if you in passing meet me and desire to speak to me,
why should you not speak to me?
And why should I not speak to you?

~ Walt Whitman
See Huck Gutman's article here:
http://www.uvm.edu/~sgutman/You_Can_Read_A_Poem.html

I made this drawing a few days ago and wanted to post it with a poem. I studied the image for a couple of minutes but saw nothing I could relate it to. It doesn't seem to express any particular theme or easily discernible feeling. I explored the Internet for a short while, using different search phrases to find something that might go with this image. I found an article by Huck Gutman, English Professor at the University of Vermont, a post entitled, "You Can Read a Poem -- the Guidelines Elaborated." I skimmed it and liked its organization immediately. It offers a few different categories of meaning for understanding a poem, e.g., Someone is speaking to us about something that seriously concerns him/her. I read the third category listed, The self that wants to make contact, and that resonated; I clicked the link and found Uncle Walt's lines there at the start of the discussion for that part. Yes, that fits well enough. When I sit down to make a drawing, one thing my mind hopes for all the time is to make contact, first with myself, and if things go well, later on with others who appreciate the result.