Follow by Email

Friday, August 12, 2011

FRANCES WARD






slide show


click click:       my brothers play road hockey

click click:       the sour cherries in blossom

click click:       my sister as a baby

click click:       my mother slim & pre-gray

click click:       my dead brother aims a snowball at the photographer
the rest of us smile cautiously

click click:       we lean against the dark tree trunks
some have maple syrup buckets attached

click click:       my dead father, proud of his belly & thick sideburns
let someone use his camera

click click:       my grandmother, visiting from England
her arm tight around her daughter’s waist

click click:       we are lined up, squinting at the sun
in front of the tent at long point

click click:       my children laugh at us

click click:       notice resemblances

click click:       joke about genetics

click click:       deny the inevitable
                                                                                                                                     
click click:       my mother cries quietly

click click:       looks away from the screen

click click:       & i am distracted

click click:       by the memories

click click:       of what happened

click click:       before & after

click click:       each pose

click click:       was struck

click click:       bright light

click click:       blank screen



Copyright(c)FrancesWard







Frances Ward (f.ward), (visual artist, poet, editor, publisher) was born in Manchester, U.K. of English/Italian descent, and emigrated to Canada as a child.  She has spent most of her adult years in Hamilton and surrounding area.  Ward is a multi-media artist who creates 2 & 3 dimensional works through the use of found materials and images; welding, collage, assemblage, printing, painting and photography Her visual art is included in private and corporate collections. She is the author of three solo collections of poetry; Side Effects, Life & Ledger and The Writer Seems Unaware…. publisher/editor of Hammered Out (a literary journal) and publisher/editor of Road Work Ahead (an anthology of images and poetry by Hamilton Poets). 

1 comment:

  1. Frances, I really enjoyed reading your poem. As an amateur photographer myself, I can just visualize what you are writing about.

    ReplyDelete