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2022 Poster: Blizzard, God of Snow


Item#: 2022SYR01

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

Blizzard, God of Snow

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Blizzard, god of snow
decrees, "let there be snow banks,
if you get my drift."

When considering the spirit of school snow days, I thought back to my childhood. If the winter weather forecast for the following day called for large quantities of snow, we hoped that snow would appear so school would be canceled.

A snow god would have given us a focus for our hopes, so I was happy to create one. It’s too late for me, but maybe today’s children can benefit!

The few words of a haiku have a big job to present an idea and engage readers. It is challenging, yet satisfying, to imagine a story that fits into 17 syllables. I am honored that my haiku was chosen to represent a spirit of the Syracuse area to display for residents and visitors to contemplate.

A native of Central New York, I have experienced many Syracuse winters, so I believe I can make light of the weather. Nor’easters are the cause of our heavy snowfall.

For the poster, I decided to create a winter’s evening in an urban neighborhood where the snow is piled up by the plowed roads and shoveled sidewalks, which create a different way for the blown snow to build unique shapes and streaks of lightly detailed images.

On a cold winter’s night, a warm glow of lights comes from the house windows while the wind blows outside. I was once curious about how the wind made the drifts with the curved shapes in the snow. As a child, I imagined a winter blizzard as a winged owl-like spirit that flew just over the snow, carving and shaping the drifts and swells in the snow with its feathered wings.