Poetry Objects

Prior to beginning my collaborate Translate project I took a workshop in reading and understanding poetry through the creation of objects. As a result of reflection on “Late Show” by John Burnside, I created the poetry objects shown in the image below. We were to create an object and then photograph this to create a book showing the process of creating the poetry object.

The poem is as follows:

Late show

"I only watch reruns now,
or films about geese,

and yet I’m waiting for the miracle
I used to find in early black and white

where everyone looks like us and ends up
happy, in a place they’re learning

never to take
for granted.

In Northern Canada,
it’s summer now

and birds that look like friends I had in school
are dancing in a field of moss and thaw

and, as I watch, the darkness gathers round me
slowly, warmth and quiet in its gift

for as long as the birds
take flight, or Lucille Ball

lights up the screen
like someone who’s been there forever."
John Burnside

Light shines out

Poetry Objects