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using the book, PIECES: A YEAR IN POEMS AND QUILTS
A symbol is something that stands for something else. Often it’s an object that stands for an idea. Signs can be symbols. When we see a flashing hand at the crosswalk, what does that tell us? What other symbols can you think of?
Most of the poems in Pieces were written and I had already decided to illustrate them with quilts, when I started asking myself what the title of the book should be. I asked myself, what do the poems and quilts have in common? Do you have any ideas?
It seemed to me that each poem was a little “piece” of nature, a piece
of the season of which it was a part. Each poem wasn’t the whole
picture, but just like the “pieces” of fabric sewn together to make a quilt
picture, the poems all together give the picture of changing seasons. I
decided to call the book Pieces, and wrote the opening poem.
Pieces of the seasons
To illustrate that poem I wanted to make a quilt in which all the seasons were represented, so I needed a visual symbol for each season. When I decided to use the same idea for the cover I needed two symbols for each season.
What are the symbols I chose for each season?
To sew the symbols I had to draw them using only straight lines, and as few lines as possible. I had to simplify the shapes.
Can you create your own visual symbols for the seasons?
For the quilts I had to use visual symbols, but there can be other kinds of symbols, too.
What season do you think of when you hear the pop of a baseball hitting a bat?Can you find places in my poems where I have used smells, touch, sounds and movement to help you share my experience?
Choose your favorite season.
What are the smells that make you think of that season?Can you use some of those sensory images to write a poem so someone who reads it will share your experience and know which season you are writing about even if you don’t use the word for it?
|What symbolizes you?
Make you own book of poems and “quilts”—all about you!
Suppose you wanted to make a quilt, or a book of quilts, about yourself.
What things are important to you?You might write a poem about each thing that is important to you, create a visual symbol for each one, and put them together in your own quilt/poetry book, all about you!
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