Poster Image

Snow Piles High and Soft


Item#: 2017SYR05

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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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Snow Piles High and Soft

poster information


Snow piles high and soft
wind blows the sun through my bones:
Syracuse weather

I came to Syracuse in 2008 from New Paltz to work with at-risk youth on the North Side. I had to ride buses, and I had to make transfers, so I was out in the cold a lot. In this haiku, I wanted to give people a feeling of what it's like to stand outside in the wind and cold.

I don't usually write haiku. Many of my poems have to do with nature and the seasons. I often tie in people's lives with nature, many times looking at how human beings react to the circumstances they have

Everyone knows what winter feels like in Syracuse. You know that wind and snow is very real. It's intense here. So I felt like it was a topic I could relate to.

I think I'm a city person. I come from a small city, and I like cities. I'm not into bugs. I am not a nature person, but I do like to draw trees. I like how the trees make patterns, which was my first thought for the image—to do something with trees and nature. I feel like I merged the two identities pretty well. I have two girls that look like they're from the city. They have curly hair, which I do also, so I put a little bit of myself in there. And then I just tried to make the nature part look cool. I'm exploring patterns in my work now because of this poster, such as the repetition of the trees.