Poster Image

Slow Awakening


Item#: 2013SYR02

Purchase Details

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

Slow Awakening

poster information


Slow awakening
in the dark swirls below ”
a lake comes to life.

One day, while sitting at a rest stop along Onondaga Parkway, I met a woman who was picking up trash that had collected on the shoreline and over a broken cement slab. I began thinking about how widespread might be the dreams for a “living” lake again—from governmental entities, the Onondaga Nations, the elderly with memories of how it used to be, those investing large sums to reverse its near death, even poets. I began to think about the lake as a metaphor for return of light, slow awakening which can occur in all kinds of settings, our personal lives, too. More and more my poetry now turns to passing reflections not always fully considered, just embraced and imagined, having to trust that there are inklings of wisdom there.

The lines, “Slow awakening in the dark swirls below—a lake comes to life,” reminded me of the clean-up effort at Onondaga Lake.

In a lot of my artwork I enjoy conveying subtle movements and emotion. The haiku was dark and mystical but optimistic as well.

For the poster, I also thought about what I would like to see as a kid walking down a Syracuse Street. Seeing two very large leafy sea dragons would be exciting. In addition to making an image that exemplified Syracuse, I wanted to make something you wouldn't see everyday.