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Like the Red Lotus


Item#: 2008SYR10

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11x17-inches, printed on heavy weight (100-pound) Hammermill cover paper. We package each print with a piece of chipboard in a clear plastic sleeve.

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An information page with photos of the artist and poet, and hand-written comments from each.

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Like the Red Lotus

poster information


Like the red lotus
I bloom from mud. A symbol
for struggle; new life

I absolutely love writing. I like to write "poems," but I'd much rather call it "mind bulimia." I have a really vivid imagination and a lot of experience, so I think that gives me a great advantage. Sometimes I get writer's block and I stop writing for a long time.

A lot of people say that I'm very different and that I don't think like a lot of other people.

It was tempting to select a poem that illustrated an area in Syracuse. But since I'm new to the area, I thought it might be hard to find the spot, and I probably wouldn't have the connection to it that people who live in the area would have.

I wanted illustrate something emotional. So I thought it would be best if I found a poem that symbolized African Americans' struggles, or women's struggles, or some group's struggles. That's what got my attention, this idea of struggling and succeeding against the odds.

The writer of this poem is actually Native American. At first I felt, I hope this illustration doesn't hurt her feelings. But then I thought, Almost any group can associate with this poem; it's not just a Native American issue. That's why I felt it was OK.