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Syracuse Front Porch


Item#: 2019SYR02

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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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Syracuse Front Porch

poster information


Syracuse front porch
Ladies young—older—oldest

I wrote this haiku several summers ago. In the few words allowed by the haiku structure, I tried to capture the joy I felt spending time with women on my city block in Syracuse. We are women at various ages and stages in our lives. Our 90 year old neighbor would establish herself on her front porch late on summer afternoons, with her glass of Challis—her silent signal for others to join. Usually there were three or four of us, sometimes with a young daughter or granddaughter included. There was always laughter as we came together to talk about the important and trivial events of the day. I love living in the city, I love the connectedness of people in my world. I love the front porch ladies.

I selected my haiku because it's lighthearted. My illustration derives from a children's book I'm illustrating about a family from the Bronx. I grew up just outside of New York City and recently moved to Syracuse from Brooklyn. I suppose wine, laughter, gossip, and congregating on the front porch is something people in many cities enjoy and relate to. I set the scene at Christmas time, playfully depicting the quirkiness that accompanies many family gatherings, especially during the holidays.

My process includes photography, drawing, painting, and digital collage. I hope to work on more children's books and poster projects.