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Life Stuff

October 10, 2012

by gaye gambell-peterson


Life Stuff (collage) by gaye gambell-peterson


Fragments are essential to my poetry and my art. I ofttimes partner poems with collages. Thoughts taken from my poem, Collage, delineate the mystery:

I gather dabs of life-stuff around me. They come in a drift,
or singly like snowflakes. Moments fall in my ears; their music, sometimes discordant, although mostly remembered as harmony.
I trim each chance to one-inch squares, line them up on my canvas, seal them—
a portrait of self. My family admires my effort, or mocks it—
this impulse to control past and present. Yet, I persist. Translate half—
or twice as much—of every emotion into these small paper pieces.
Bright hues—purple, hot pink, mango, bitter green, azure—tangle in my hair, in my art, blind my other eye. I edit images into these fragments, rearrange, attempt to appreciate
this life, this urge. Ampersands, seashells, bird nest, rocking chair, moose, spiral, moon. And words: The heart is the hub. Go there. Roam in it. I am.
So. Look at me now. A scrap-monger in a world of dots and words,
confetti of my life a swirl ’round my head, while the unremembered fall away—
fall upon my bare feet which tap and twirl without notice.

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gaye gambell-peterson (website) never tires of piling words on a page or sticking bits of stuff onto a canvas. Frequent recognition in both the art and poetry worlds only encourages her. Two chapbooks feature her poetry and her collages: pale leaf floating (Cherry Pie Press) and MYnd mAp (Agog Press). She likes sticky mac’n’cheese.

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  1. October 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Yeo! Gaye is super productive! I consider myself fortunate to be in her circle of friends and–most importantly–her sphere of creativity.

  2. Jackie Puzniak
    October 10, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    What a gift you have. I can hear you reading.

  3. Nan Sweet
    October 10, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Beautiful. Your work welcomes, fractal by fractal (to invoke Alice Fulton again! thanks for jamming with me a little on her). Quilt underestimates the way viewing this is layered…spaced. Nan

  4. terry fernando newton
    October 11, 2012 at 8:19 am

    wow your style will get notice your words speak..writer/poet/talent reveiwer/grassroot promoter/poet terry fernando newton

  5. Barb Jarvis
    October 11, 2012 at 10:07 am

    You are talented ,thanks for sharing.

  6. October 11, 2012 at 10:37 am

    How enjoyable it was to sit back peacefully this morning and hear you speak your art, my very talented friend.

  7. marlene schuman
    October 11, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    so touched by the beauty of both quilt/collage and your words…………such a pleasure……….shared it with another collaging friend who is a bit more practical it would seem but i knew she’d so enjoy this…..thank you, gaye!

  8. susie rolfe
    October 11, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Miss Gaye … how to comment on such tallent … creativity … beauty … thank you for sharing this with your friends.

  9. October 14, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    As a long-time admirer of this author’s ability to meld the visual and written arts, I love seeing this example with the audio dimension also. Beautiful and beautifully done, with a queen’s ransom of rich detail.

  10. Barbara LaMorticella
    May 2, 2013 at 5:37 am

    Oh the collage is beautiful and the poem so very clear a path of the creative process…

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