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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Invited for Poems by Libby Hathorn

Busy, busy~~ with the ongoing projects and the teaching at a primary school! Thank you for a great patience for this blog. 
Nationally and internationally established author and poet, Libby Hathorn invited me for writers' book signing and poem reading at Brown St Community Centre. I was looking at this old poet from a distance and sketched Libby, too. Very lovely to listen to each poet's reading outLibby's three poems were outstanding to my ears and heart. Deep thinker Libby is so sensitive, honest with herself and wanting for social justice, but she is caring for others or readers. The more I know her, the more I admire her.  
Her poems are all quite visually evocative that stimulate my imagination. The third one on Hamelin Piper Story and our never comeback childhood, has caught my heart. As well as Robert Browning's poem in English, I've found Goethe's poem -- it seems a bit different from Robert Browning. I mean, Goethe thought of girls, women, hahaha!!? I love him!! Ah, I always wish I could see Pied Piper of Hamelin. What sort of man he was -- appearance, etc, etc. In the poem, Libby looks into his face and eyes. Me, too, eager to do it. But, Libby, you're caring. The empathetic poet knows the agony of parents who lost children or kidnapped by the Pied Piper of Hamelin. She sings the pain on behalf of parents. Yet, the poet cannot help hold her wish, the long for a never-return childhood, boyhood. The poet sings for our shining time, a frozen memory like Shaun Tan visualised in "The Lost Thing." As an adult, we have so sweet and bitter emotion to childhood in general and our own childhoods. Probably, only artists and children can keep a divine sanctuary. Or, artists are the species that can freely revisit childhood, even after being grown up. 
An old poet reading out his work. 
The first humanistic poem quests social justice and peace, advocating the powerless and the voiceless. The poem is on pigs and Pol Pot in Cambodia. Wow, I wondered, what this poet, Libby saw in Cambodia, while other tourists were just having a fun. Libby, you're a wonderful lady!! How often do you read poems? Social media seems to taking over a quiet reading time. But Libby's invitation pulls me back to book reading. 

Btw, joining book launches and book signing is a good idea for networking in publishing industry. There, you can promote yourself for publishers and make new friends. So, go for it and distribute your business cards! It's similar for fine artists to visit exhibitions and chat with participants. I will join Wayne Harris' making picture book workshop from this Thursday.
I'm studying portraits and landscapes. Particularly, I'm practising values and colour mixtures in landscapes. I do it in a small size to learn composition. 
Friends, enjoy your artist lives. Let's make our dreams come true. Strive to make it come true. Big cheers and hugs for you. Happy Painting! Thank you for reading!!    



  1. Thanks Sadami for your lovely description of the poetry reading and your positive responses- poets always like to hear this Libby

  2. Dear sweet Libby, thank you very much. You're so lovely and your rich words always amaze me. Keep up your wonderful work. Best wishes, Sadami

  3. Ah Sadami I just love the softness you capture in your paintings of people. Poetry is also a beautiful art form that speaks to our souls. Thank you for sharing your experiences. Hugs!

    1. ((Hugs)), sweet Debbie, you're a great supporter of me. Yes, poetry is wonderful like you talk of. I hope one day we can meet in person and share time to read poems. Best wishes, Sadami

  4. Tus pinturas son también hermosas poesías, Sadami. Las dos son arte! Yo admiro lo que puedo ver y son tus pinturas, que siempre son magníficas.
    Un fuerte abrazo.

    1. Muchas gracias, amable Joshemari! Y el tuyo también tiene un poema. Sí, todo el arte es una forma diferente de nuestra emoción. Exploremos la belleza de un mundo. Mis mejores deseos, Sadami

      Thank you very much, kind Joshemari! And yours, too, has a poem. Yes, all the art is a different form of our emotion. Let's explore the beauty of a world. Best wishes, Sadami

      >>>>>>>>>>> Joshemari said...
      Your paintings are also beautiful poems, Sadami. Both are art! I admire what I can see and it's your paintings, which are always magnificent.
      A hug.

  5. A good visual poem speaks to us in the same way as a good painting does - so glad we have both arts to enjoy. I am happy for your busy time as it means more and more people get to enjoy your paintings :). Have a wonderful week.

    1. Oh, thank you, sweet Rhonda! Happy to know you enjoy my paintings of poets. Libby has variety of genre/subjects in poems and writings. Btw, yes, it's a very good thing to get busy, busy. You, too, have a productive, yet a good week for your heart. Best wishes, Sadami