Sometimes a poem is so inspirational to me that I come up with multiple ideas to illustrate it. This was the case with Larry Levis’ poem “The Spirit Says, You Are Nothing” – you can read the whole poem here and can see the first illustration of his poem that I posted here. Composition and collage by me. Yesterday’s post of “The Oxen” collage motivated me to go ahead and post this one too. Enjoy!
Larry Levis (1946-1996) attributed a powerful and direct effect of the landscapes of his life, particularly of his childhood in the central valley of California, on his poetry. His poems had always evinced the landscapes of rural California for me, so it was interesting and gratifying to learn that about him and his creative process. Today’s excerpt is from his fantastic short poem, “The Spirit Says You are Nothing” – read the whole poem here. Drawing (pencil on newsprint), photograph, and composition by me.