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2022 Poster: This is the Color of my Street


Item#: 2022SYR10

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.

You also receive…

An information page with photos of the artist and poet, and hand-written comments from each.

Medium- and large-format posters are available by custom order. Contact us for details.

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This is the Color of my Street

poster information


This is the color of my street:
black, brown, and white.
Prismatic and perfect.

I wrote my first poem when I was five years old. It was rhymed—no surprise. As the years built, poetry provided a safe harbor, a place to capture images and events and the emotions they elicited. It was affirmation and permanence when the rest of life was wobbly.

Over time, I did some experimentation with poetic forms but rebelled when it came to anything requiring strict adherence to structure. It's the same in my kitchen. Recipes are just a suggestion.

And so, you have my contribution to the project—a not quite haiku in praise of Ferris Avenue, a two-block street representing the best in all of us.

I was drawn to this haiku because of the strong sense of neighborhood and community. I love that Syracuse is developing, the pride its people have, and the stories that make us unique.

I recently read about all the
redevelopment that happened with the five sisters on Park Ave and knew I wanted to draw them for this project. Each house has its own colors and style, but all five clearly belong together.

Prismatic and perfect, indeed.