This week we revisit the famous and often spoofed poem: ‘This is just to say’ by William Carlos Williams. You can read the first comic spoof I did and more on the subject here. To refresh your memory, the original poem goes like this:
THIS IS JUST TO SAY by William Carlos Williams
I have eaten
that were in
you were probably
they were delicious
and so cold
I invite you to write your own ‘this is just to say’ poems. There are no syllables to count. It’s more about the sentiment and frankness I think. As usual, just have fun!
Before I leave you to it, I have to tell you about my awesome weekend shopping spree. You are going to be so jealous when you see what I scored.
It’s a rusty can!
But this is no ordinary rusty can. This rusty can has old cloves powder or rust flakes or something still inside and it’s like a zillion years old or from the 1930’s or something and the snazzy label is all discolored and peeling off. Yeah, it’s pretty special and it’s all mine!
In addition to the can, I bought some vintage Barbie doll clothes. I know they wont fit, but I’ve been working out and maybe one day…or I’ll use them on future art dolls. They were more pricey than my beautiful rusty can was so I only bought one badass, beat up jacket and a pair of black lace tights. Check it out:
I scored these goodies at a big antique fair that came to town. It was really fun and incredibly inspiring. My purpose in going was really just to invite my mom out for the day to something I knew she would really enjoy but I ended up like a little kid squealing with delight at all the crazy weird old stuff.
My favorite categories were the old tins of medicines and bug poison and such. They have great artwork and fonts and the wording really strikes me as funny. I also fell in love with the toys, particularly the old tin ones with very simple mechanics and the beat up odd dolls were pretty amazing too. If I decide to start collecting anything it will be one of these. The Rajah can of cloves I bought is not for a collection. It was really cheap because it is so beat up (and full of character!) that I thought I might work it in to an art piece I have in mind. As of yet, I am not a collector of anything.
So, if you ever see an Antique show come rolling in to town, you might want to check it out. There are old guns and bullets and strange dusty books and creepy sculptures with clocks in their bellies and eyes that follow you and thigh shaped nutcrackers and primitive folk art and fancy hats and…well it’s probably safe to say there is something for everyone. It was like a museum that you could run around in and touch everything and nobody would scold you.
Here’s the sort of medicinal tins I fell in love with:
Here’s an example of an iron mechanical bank that fell under the ‘toys’ category I liked so much.
This Friday I’ll be at Tempus Projects, a gallery in Seminole Heights Tampa for an outdoor art vendor market from 7pm – 10 pm. I’ll have GingerDead cards in plenty of time for Valentine’s Day and a large assortment of illustrated polymer jewelry including lots of anatomical heart pieces. It’s supposed to finally warm up here by then, so it should be a lovely evening. Come say hello. 🙂
Please have a go at writing your own ‘This is just to say’ spoof. I look forward to reading them and shall see you next week!