Poster Image

Oak Trees in the Sun


Item#: 2013SYR06

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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

Oak Trees in the Sun

poster information


Oak trees in the sun
Curled up on straw and first snow
a sleeping red fox

We were moving into our house in Syracuse, from Oswego, on December 1st, 2009.

It was late in the afternoon and the first snow of the season began to fall. I looked out of a large living room window—we had a small, fenced-in backyard in Syracuse—and beyond the fence, under a tree, was a red fox curled up sleeping. It was such a welcoming sight for me, and even on that same afternoon, several deer visited us. When we moved to the city, seeing those beautiful creatures in our backyard felt like home.

When I see something—if there's a flash of beauty in nature and I see that occur—the haiku more or less write themselves. If I see something that really touches me, or moves me, I like to write it down—and a haiku is born.

I think art, for me, is kind of playful. I think that's kind of where my style, my approach, kind of everything comes from. If it's not fun for me, I'm probably not producing something good.

In terms of the poem, I read it, and I just kind of had this idea of a fox curled up around a building. I chose a landmark building in downtown; it's kind of what Syracuse meant to me, and I drew the fox in referencing the very graphic kind of look. I'd never utilized text in any of my pieces, so it was fun finding my style in hand lettering. I think any assignment such as this where you get invested in can always yield positive results.