I received this happy piece of mail art from
Jane Smith of CA.
Thank you Jane!
Jane's mail art is always a copied printed version
of her original art work.
So Jane, do you scan your art work into your computer
or do you photograph your work then download it???
Also, what kind of printer do you use?
I'm always impressed by the quality of your prints.
I would like to buy a new printer that can scan overs sized paper
and also make large prints.
I know the ink for such a printer is costly.
Does anyone have any advise on buying a new printer, over sized or not ?
I was happy to send Jane some mail recently.
It was a "better late than never" piece. I had started it last spring during
National Poetry month.
I decided to put it on today's post because I think it might give someone else inspiration.
So if you are stuck and plum out of ideas and direction with your art,
try using a poem to inspire you.
This is the poem, The Country, by Billy Collins.
It makes me laugh!
Some quick pictures, then the full poem will follow.
I wondered about you
when you told me never to leave
a box of wooden, strike-anywhere matches
lying around the house because the mice
might get into them and start a fire.
But your face was absolutely straight
when you twisted the lid down on the round tin
where the matches, you said, are always stowed.
Who could sleep that night?
Who could whisk away the thought
of the one unlikely mouse
padding along a cold water pipe
behind the floral wallpaper
gripping a single wooden match
between the needles of his teeth?
Who could not see him rounding a corner,
the blue tip scratching against a rough-hewn beam,
the sudden flare, and the creature
for one bright, shining moment
suddenly thrust ahead of his time—
now a fire-starter, now a torchbearer
in a forgotten ritual, little brown druid
illuminating some ancient night.
Who could fail to notice,
lit up in the blazing insulation,
the tiny looks of wonderment on the faces
of his fellow mice, onetime inhabitants
of what once was your house in the country?
Jane let me know that a few years ago when Billy Collins was our nation's Poet Laureate she attended one of his readings. I was glad she was familiar with this poet and that she likes poems that make her laugh too.