Making Poems and Making Photos: Observations at Sage Hill
Both are ways of being
in the world that
make you stop and notice
or notice and stop.
First time you approach a subject
you don’t know where it will take you.
Sometimes you need to get closer,
sometimes to step back.
What you create depends on
your angle in relation to your subject.
Where you focus matters
as does negative space.
Sometimes you land where you intended
and sometimes you don’t.
Poems and photographs
can be about
colour texture pattern.
For creator and recipient
poems and photographs are
a form of “architecture
for the imagination.”
“Architecture for the imagination” is a phrase Jane Munro shared with the poets in her group, possibly coined by her grandfather. I thank her for how she helped open up possibilities for continuing work on my adult poetry project. I’m also grateful to the other poets in our group for their interest, insights, and encouragement, and especially the three in the photos you’ll find in the gallery below.
Kathy Stinson is the author of the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin. Her wide range of titles includes picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, and short stories. She has met with her readers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She lives in a small town in Ontario.