To render. Be rendered.
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Review|Poets in Progress|Great
(Art Meets Poetry — and Vice-Versa)
Artist and Poet: Jackie Tchakalian
Woman with a Book
I consider myself a visual person; one who thinks with, and gathers information into, a swirl of visual patterns and images, one who uses graphs and lines instead of words. Therefore, it is not surprising that, always, it's an image that brings me to a poem. Yet it is language that lets me enter the poem. Once there, I have no control over the two. They take over in ways I can't possible predict. They adhere, break apart, re-combine, chase each other, and sometimes go on strike until, finally, they form a union of sorts and finish the first draft.
On the other hand, language has no direct bearing on my painting. Descriptive words (colors, forms, etc.) enter my thoughts as I paint, but don't help form the body of work. However, I do use the constant flow of language, such as from the radio, to keep my mind occupied and away from "thinking" when I am working on a painting, so that I can respond in a more purely sensual manner to the world of canvas, images, color and form.In an indirect way, both language and image inform my painting and my writing.
It is warm. It is early evening. We are relaxed
WHAT DO I KNOW
Irises and babies have to push their way
I know I will miss him; then I won't.