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Hear the snow crunch


Item#: 2012SYR11

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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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Hear the snow crunch

poster information


Hear the snow crunch
underfoot as I'm walking
I dream of the beach

I love haiku for a number of reasons. I'm a journalist, an editor, and in a way, haiku is “just the facts.” It's what you see, smell, hear — without layers of interpretation on top of it. It's like meditation: it forces you to be centered, in the moment, and to fully concentrate on the experience.

I live in a rural area of Central New York. I walk my dog and drive to work on country roads. Being in nature is where I get peace and compose poems. I've lived here for 37 years, and last winter seemed like the longest and snowiest ever! I was walking my dog, and with each step I would hear this —cuh-RUNCH— of boots on snow. All I could do was dream of the Mediterranean — blue water and white sand!

I'm from Upstate New York, so I'm definitely used to the snow and the cold. Some people complain about the cold weather, but I'm fond of it. Maybe it's because I'm a visual person; it's nice to be curled up inside on a cold day, watching the snow blow around outside.

Snow can be very visual, so I wanted to make it a big part of my illustration. I like the way the swirling snow came out, a little stylized. I also wanted to show a connection between the university and the city. I chose to make the character a student, and have her looking off towards the skyline of Syracuse with the sun shining brightly in the sky. I wanted to make the city look warm and welcoming, even with all the snow.