I thank everyone who voted on the covers I put together yesterday, your comments and reactions got me thinking about getting more mysterious, abstract, and focused. So here are today's contestants (click to see larger):
I'm finishing my book Pocket Park and getting files ready to go to the printer. The inside is done, the library of congress data arrived and I put it in its slot on the copyright page, I've made final corrections, and it will soon fly out of here on it's electrons.
But now—the cover. Do I have the best photo for it?
The one I picked is rather dark, suggesting the poems are likewise, and mostly, they aren't. But I'm afraid of using something too bland, too meh. So tell me, which ones look best?
Note, A is the current cover.
Trees discuss the heat, lack of soil, they sigh and creak in their rough girdles.
The US Open in the Pocket
The ball pocks from serve to racket heads swivel following the play on the outdoor mega-wall display
pock—pock—pock the pixelated ball is the irregular beat of a collective heart
sparrows hop close and closer to unguarded bounty as Forest Hills thrills New York county.
Sculpture in plastic clay of a character for a kids book I'm writing. Oh this is fun.
I used to sculpt a lot in high school. But when I got to college the studio art department was in the grips of worshiping abstract and conceptual art. Especially in artist's statements.
"Carlson, paint what you feel!"
Me, "I'm a freshman, I don't know what I feel. Can't I paint what I see?"
They thought they could quickly turn us 18-year-olds into Pollocks just by skipping the whole old fashioned training in anatomy, perspective, and color theory. Talent trumped technique.
They didn't much like realism. They sneered at illustration. The word "cute"was the worst insult. Sigh. So I became an English/Art History major. And turns out life is funny that way, discovered how much I liked writing and reading poetry. And kept reading children's books and cartoons.
Claudia Carlson has worked as a graphic designer, cartographer, and writer for large companies, small presses, newspapers, toy developers, quilt masters, and individuals wanting book designs, maps, stories, illustrations, or websites. Pocket Park, a photo/poetry book was published in 2013 by Marsh Hawk Press. Her first poetry book, The Elephant House, was also published by Marsh Hawk Press in 2007. Visit ClaudiaGraphics.
Book Launch for Pocket Park Friday, November 15, 2013, 7 p.m. Poet's House 10 River Terrace, New York, NY (212) 431-7920 poetshouse.org