Wednesday, September 19, 2007

A Passing Fancy: The Giant Slide

I was fortunate enough to work on adapting a poem into comic format for The Poetry Foundation that went up on their site today. Mine is the fifth installment in "The Poem as Comic Strip" series, following an esteemed cast of David Heatley, Gabrielle Belle, Jeffrey Brown, and Ron Regé.

I was previously unfamiliar with Ted Kooser's work, and only stumbled across "The Giant Slide" by chance while searching the archives (attempting to find something by Rilke or a more recent favorite of mine, Joshua Beckman, ultimately not coming up with anything that inspired a comic), but I couldn't help but be sucked in. His midwestern simplicity is, while not the most sophisticated or avant-garde stuff out there (which often I can't stand anyway), perfectly well constructed and easy to live in. A little poetry log cabin. A tip of the hat to Mr. Kooser for the poem and to Ed Park of the Poetry Foundation for involving me in the project.

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