POET: MARIE SINCLAIR
I’m a part of a writing group through Keeping Six Hamilton, a harm reduction action league where I work. Come check it out sometime.
Also, Marie is an artist. Spoiler alert: You will see some of her art in September when she will be featured as an artist in PoARTry.
When did you start writing poetry?
I started writing poetry when I hit puberty. I was struggling with mental illness and teenage angst, and it naturally became a way to express myself and cope.
Why do you write poetry?
Things didn’t get better for a long time, but along the way Poetry became even more important to me because in my poems I had a voice, and I could share my experiences and feel heard. In 2019, I began my recovery journey — poetry and I, hand in hand.
What is the best advice you have ever received and would share with new poets?
Progress not perfect – a mantra I live by.
Can you comment on your process?
My poetry process has evolved over the years as I learned more about myself, and poetry. When I am really inspired, really moved the words just pour out of me. I find if I am too busy my creativity is smothered, and the inspiration doesn’t come, or if it does, there isn’t time for the words to follow it. Pausing, pacing myself and mindfulness are so important to my creative process.
STAINED GLASS ARTIST: TERESA SEATON
Check out Teresa’s Website: www.TeresaSeaton.ca
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THAT POEM?
I am afraid my decision here wasn’t completely altruistic. I have an upcoming exhibition next Spring titled ‘Susurrations” in which I need to gear my current work towards. The exhibition speaks to my relationship to birds. However, I still wanted to participate in this worthwhile initiative and needed to find a poem that resonated with myself and the world of birds. Marie Sinclair’s Poem did just that.
CAN YOU TELL US A BIT MORE ABOUT YOUR PROCESS FROM IDEA TO FINISHED WORK? WHY THOSE COLOURS AND SHAPES?
I wanted the emphasis of the window to be inside the cage. Or in fact, inside the head of the birds in the cage. That is why the only real colour is the chaos of the feathers. For the rest of the window I chose texture and shapes but no colour per se.
WHAT WERE THE CHALLENGES? WHAT WAS EASY?
I saw the design of the window as soon as I read the poem. In fact, if I had any issues it was editing the design down to its essence.
Have you done this kind of project before? Would you do it again?
Yes I have and indeed, yes I would. I am a big supporter of artist collaborations.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Rose Window Exhibition
Paul Elia Gallery Hamilton ON
Four artists interpret life with birds
Teresa Seaton, Mita Giacomini, Mary Philpott, D. Heather Moore
Carnegie Gallery, Dundas ON
SIZE OF THE PIECE. HOW IS IT MOUNTED? PRICE IF FOR SALE. WHERE IS IT AVAILABLE?
The piece is titled “Feathers for the Fallen III” part of an ongoing series that keeps coming back to this theme. I thought this piece fit into it nicely. The pieces in this series deal with humanity’s inherent nature to control or profit from their surroundings at the price of our avian species.
The art work is 14 x 27 inches and the cost is $915.00. It is available from myself but not until after the exhibition in the Spring of 2024.
Teresa Seaton Studio
755 Spring Gardens Rd., Burlington ON L7T 1J5
Studio open by appointment
Cell: (905) 510 5030
WE HOPE YOU HAVE ENJOYED THIS FOURTH DANCE OF POETRY AND VISUAL ART.
ARTISTS, there are poems still available to choose from and time to get in on the project… https://towerpoetry.ca/po-art-ry-poems/
POETS, stay tuned… we will open up submissions towards the end of 2023. As for what will happen with PoARTry, we don’t know.
This is an organic project, and we are thinking of a possible exhibit or publication. Who knows?! What we do know is that we have a lot of exciting work by talented poets and artists to share with you each month!