Poetry: the Root of Math and Science…

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Exercising perspective and proportion…some thoughts I’m working with picking up the drafting of my second poetry collection, wanting to work with theories in drawing, science, mathematics, perhaps an integration  with nature–perhaps configured distinctly on their own. I started looking at composition more with future juried painting projects, thoughts of series-painting and non-series paintings. Amazing how highly configured mathematics is to art, composition with geometry and word problems–which I really had a difficult time working with as a grammar student. I didn’t like math because I didn’t understand what I was suppose to do with it. I understood what was in front of me, but I think if I had a better math teacher early on and/or didn’t feel intimidated by the subject…a total phobia I had with math…it wouldn’t have been so paralyzing. Now, I find math intriguing and wanting to work with it creatively, so much so with science in looking at the intricacies applicable to how things are made instrumentally; for example, the making of a golf ball/golf club–how it is constructed, internally designed as with canal systems, weaponry systems, petroleum systems to landscape, political climate, human life, one’s social life, and the literary blend–in other words poetically, not so much in film, per say, although a character may have a hidden poetic essence about him/her; but to work with these subjects in poetry is something I’m working on and what I’d like to include within my picking back up painting, whether it’s watercolor, oil painting, pastels–and finding that right acrylic for underpainting with oil painting. A class I’d also like to take is sculpting. I’ve never sculpted, and obviously mathematics is involved in size, shape, dimension, etc.  How you sculpt a poem is important, too. A slow process here, regaining some ground with poetry. Always important is expanding on the things you may have previously feared but don’t fear now. There’s a big difference.

I found some books at an over-ignored book donation station, a geometry textbook and a word game text, a logisitics-analytical text that works with word problems, some I wish had more artistic application; but it’s an intelligent word game book. I royally sucked at math word problems and avoided them in grammar and junior high school. I think, however, in looking back that if I also had a teacher that helped break down the word problems on the board, the “of” and the “and” word-purposes because certain words, conjunctions, are symbolic to formatting by way of formula, creating/writing the formula by understanding the word problem’s comprehensiveness, in other words being able to quickly understand the reading comprehension behind the word problem. I would’ve been A-Okay with math. Understanding the root behind word problems and practicing with them, breaking down and putting back up the ingredients of the word problem helps analytically with one’s reading skills and allows for a much easier time education-wise and real-world application. I remember kids when I was in school saying, “What do you need math for?” Believe me, math does wonders and is a wonderous thing, creatively and artistically.I don’t know how much of it I want to use/apply in the second set of poetry, but I’m working on it.  ONWARD!  🙂

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Expanding Characters and Art…

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I’ve got two full length plays in progress–and one dealing with poker and probably a few more games. I’m expanding characters now into seven, which is interesting because six characters might due justice around the card table. But I’d like to turn the waitress character into a seventh character. So now I’m thinking of eight characters. May be it’s too many characters, but I’m going to work them in for now. So far, I’ve got two African American characters, one French/Italian character, those of Caucasian decent, a female character with a sharp Equador/Cuban accent–and maybe characters more of mixed decent. One of my characters is also farm working, and I’m looking for a strong Midwest/Southern accent. We’ll see. I got some history information on African American Catholic priests, which is incredibly intriguing–also configured is a writer-novelist. I’m striving toward people who have successful backgrounds–and, again, what brings these people with successful professions to the card table. I was inspired long ago by a woman who dropped her Ph.D program to play cards, and as an older character interested in academics but interested also in playing professional poker, cards, an intriguing story, And, of course, local players as well. I wish I would have kept an much earlier entry of a card game posting dealing with some ideas about the game and a local player I wrote a posting about, Jennifer Harman–though I thought the posting a bit personal. I think I may have had some details in their about the game and some useful metaphors. But I’m taking notes, and remember some features. I may have it somewhere…

My other full length play that includes Flameno dancing, I stopped by a dance studio and inquired about categories of dance, for one lyrical dancing; and I’m wondering how lyrical and/or how much of it configures into Flamenco dancing. I’m ready to sketch some costume and body movement gestures. The woman I spoke to body-articulated “lyrical” movements for me. It was cool watching someone whose noticeably skilled in dancing demonstrate a few dance moves. I’m going to have to visit some dance studios. I’d like to vary the dance studios and obviously visit Flamenco dance studios. I printed outs more information about learning to read music with for the play. I’d like to adapt the play into film that I mentioned earlier in a post. I recently visited a local guitar/instrument store that also had many music note reading books; The store had a lot of youth music reading books. They looked very helpful. Heck, you can learn a lot from children’s music note reading education books. There were tons. Some step-by-step books with visual representation. That helps. I’m more of a visual learner. Any how, kid or not, the books look helpful; and the point is you learn from them. Now in search of my art pencil box. Sketch. Sketch. Sketch. In search, though, for a very good comprehensive music note reading book that I had found with one of the first art books I had purchased, Art of Drawing by Sterling Publishing.  🙂