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 Sleeping Streets Awake


Item#: 2014SYR10

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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

Sleeping Streets Awake

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Sleeping streets awake
in the faint whisper of night.
A distant dog barks.

I wrote this poem after attending a previous Syracuse Poster Project ceremony.

“A haiku,” I thought, “five syllables, seven syllables, five syllables. Hhhhmmm. That's my birthday (5/12). Maybe that's the universe's sign that I should try my hand at writing one.”

That very night / early next morning, or soon thereafter, I stole from my house with my dog, as was our custom then, and in the distance, another dog broke the supreme silence and spoke softly to us.

I decided to illustrate the streets that make up Armory Square because I imagine it's just as entertaining of a place with no people around as it is during peak times when people flock around Starbucks to get their caffeine fill. I knew I wanted to include the red bricks as well as the stop sign because the reds would go well with the blue of the night. I also made sure to illustrate a large area so that the piece felt more open. I often times wish that I had more opportunity to relax in Armory Square and just draw and observe people. I'm sure it's a great place for that.