Poster Image

Chiefly Close to Home


Item#: 2009SYR07

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11x17-inches, printed on heavy weight (100-pound) Hammermill cover paper. We package each print with a piece of chipboard in a clear plastic sleeve.

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An information page with photos of the artist and poet, and hand-written comments from each.

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Poem Inspiration Location

Chiefly Close to Home

poster information


Chiefly close to home,
catching fast flying summer
in a baseball mitt.

Although I'm often inspired by the interplay of sound and thought, I also write about my own experiences and try to put into words memories that will resonate with others. In these poems, I want people to say, "Yes, I remember that feeling."

I also think a little humor can open them to thoughts that they may not have had otherwise. So here the poem opens with a little humor, two puns in four words. Then it becomes slightly nostalgic, remembering summer as a child, and how fast it goes, and how baseball games ands swimming can remind us of that time. There's all that in just three little lines.

I joined the S.U. Independent Degree Program in Illustration in 2005 after 20 years of working as a graphic designer.

This piece was inspired by a class project to depict Sky Chiefs baseball. I love baseball as a game but also because of the theatre, the performance the game projects. I love catchers in particular as their costume, their stance is somehow like that of the Japanese kabuki. So, assuming my graphic hat, I came up with this illustration to capture that moment.