Welcome back to dVerse Poets’ Pub. This is Victoria, excited to be tending bar today. I look forward to offering you a color-full menu of drinks and delectable’s to please your poetic palates.
In my first Poetic’s post, I discussed the elements and principles of art then focused on texture. I promised that, from time-to-time, I would return to this topic with the conviction that, applied to poetry or prose, these basic tools will add a new level of lushness to our work.
Today’s feature is COLOR. Perhaps the favorite choice of visual artists, as well as wordsmiths, color enriches our experience of life. Consider the canvases of Impressionists such as Van Gogh or Gauguin—how their use of color and play of light affects the viewer. How about the more recent works of Abstract Expressionists such as Kandinsky, Pollock or deKooning, which rely on color to give form to emotion? Renaissance painters employed chiaroscuro, significant contrasts of light and dark, to add intensity and passion to their work. Color depends on light, because it is made of light. In the absence of light, we do not see color.
Let’s review just a few terms associated with color:
Hue refers to the names of colors. The primary hues (colors) are yellow, red and blue. All color is formed from these three colors. Secondary colors are blends of primary colors. They are orange, violet and green. Tertiary colors are combinations of these.
Value refers to the lightness or darkness of color. If black is added to a hue, it is called a shade. Maroon is a shade of red. If you add white, it’s referred to as a tint. Pink is a tint of red. Intensity refers to the purity of the hue. The purest color has no other color added to it. Colors that recede are known as cool colors, while colors that seem to come forward are warm colors.
Association of color with emotion often has a universal aspect to it. We speak of angry people as “seeing red.” Hospitals used to paint operating rooms in light tones of green to create a more relaxing environment. Yellow is not a good color to paint your kitchen if you want to lose weight because it stimulates the appetite and we often associate orange with creativity, purple with spirituality and indigo with knowledge. As you probably know, various color correlations are made to the energy centers (chakras) of the body.
For today’s prompt, let’s grab our paints and mix up a poetic palette using color. Here are a few ways you might approach the prompt:
- Use a color in the title of your poem and allow that color to deliver a message.
- Look back at Emmett Wheatfall’s prompt for Meeting the Bar on October 26th and choose two complementary colors (colors that are opposite of one another on the color wheel) and weave them into a single poem.
- Choose colors to paint an emotion.
- Pick one of the color terms explained above and use it in your verbal painting.
- Choose the work of a visual artist—known or unknown—even your own, and write an ekphrasis using that piece, considering his or her use of color.
- Write a poem, using colorful visual details for sensory description.
- Assign a meaning to a color that seems to oppose the usual association (such as a relaxing red room).
- Collaborate with a child to write a color poem. This just could introduce your child, grandchild or neighbor to the joy of poetry.
- Do whatever the heck you want, but add a touch of color and have fun with it.
I look forward to visiting your work, although it will take me a day or two as I will be with my mother, celebrating her 91st birthday. Above all, have fun with this prompt.
Here are a couple of short examples of color poems I wrote a while back:
The Death of Orange
A male oriole
Flaming sunset paused.
A stretch of white.
You scrape a knife
through black, then indigo,
across the horizon.
Reach for a tube of
squeeze the contents
onto the lower half
Payne’s grey sky.
A slash of crimson,
a miniscule orb
brian miller said:
welcome to Poetics everyone…hope you are having a colorful day…or are about to…be around to check you all out soon.
victoria, i love that you bring color to the pub..can’t wait to see people taking brush and paint and smear the pub walls with bold, colorful verse…happy poetics!
Anna Montgomery said:
Oh Victoria you’ve hit on my passion! Great poems to start us off, can’t wait!
Thanks for hosting today Victoria and have a lovely birthday with your mother. I’m off to see what sort of colorful response I can come up with.
thanks for allowing me to share
brian miller said:
hp…my long lost friend…i see you in the linky but can not get to you without permission…good to see you….
hey buddy…please try again, it should allow
Hi Victoria–Happy Birthday to your mom! I am traveling today and just got out of the car! But oddly, I had a poem bobbing about my mind yesterday that focused on a related topic. Not quite right, I think, but here I am, sitting in a cafe with internet access, before my own daughter’s birthday stuff begins, so I’ll give it a whirl. It’s a great prompt. Thanks much. K.
Thanks for this, Victoria!!
And Happy Birthday to ur mom, lots of love!!! 🙂
Hello Victoria, this is really fun, and challenging. I have prepared a poem based on hints but I have to rework it. I need time, but should be do it with flying colors 🙂 Great prompt, I love it. Thank you.
thank you Victoria, when you get the chance, please return as I have added on the notes on the prompt. Thank you again for a fun challenging prompt.
Thanks, oceangirl. Well done.
Laurie Kolp said:
Let me color you peacock…
what serendipity – it just happens that I posted a fuchsia-coloured poem to my blog less than 20 hours ago…
Thanks for the kind comments, all, and wishes for my mom’s birthday. She’s napping now (at 91, I guess she gets to) in preparation for her dinner out tonight. So that gives me a change to indulge in color! I’m lovin’it.
it was my grandmothers 89th birthday yesterday Victoria…had a nice talk with her on the phone…hope yours continues to have a great birthday!
Happy birthday to her, Brian. Amazing longevity, heh?
Sheila Moore said:
thanks, Vickie! great prompt.
The Death of Orange struck me deeply. The idea that the sunset paused, is breathlessly beautiful! Thank you.
great to see you annell…smiles. happy saturday!
Linda Kruschke said:
Great prompt, Victoria! It was just the inspiration I needed today. Peace, Linda
Thank you for the fun, vivid prompt– and the suggestion to include kids in the fun! Color and kids go so naturally together, and my daughters and I had a colorfully poetic afternoon.
just an FYI…could not comment on your post so left mine on the previous…very nice doing it with your children…very cool imaginations they have..smiles.
I already have two companion pieces which fit this bill! It’s good to be reminded of the possibilites of colour in poetry, and I think that’s the value of these prompts — to suggest ways to approach poetry in future, not only for one poem now. However I am linking to the already-written pieces, as I might not get time to write new ones before this list closes.
Suzy Q said:
a little late joining up today. we just came back from a bonfire and fireworks night…plenty of inspriration there for this wonderful prompt!
I am quite a visual person so this really got my synapses firing!
I will certainly start using colour as my inspiration for more poems in the future!
“A male oriole
Flaming sunset paused.”
Such depth of observance concentrated in such few, yet perfectly placed, brushstrokes 🙂
John (@bookdreamer) said:
Early for me – thanks for the prompt.
Apologies that my link as first posted did’n’t work; thanks to Brian for pointing it out. The second link is good.
Beth Winter said:
The prompt made me wish for fingerpaints. 😀 I linked a rictameter. I have to be away for a while this evening but will visit others when I return. *hug* Great prompt.
ooo i love fingerpaints….
Thanks for the wonderful prompt Victoria.. i love the poems that you shared ~
and happy birthday to your mom ~
I came up with one, but not a particularly fun one.
An excellent article and excellent examples, Victoria.
oh dang it was good though….
Kellie Elmore said:
submitted wrong piece the first time, please remove number 30.
Ginny Brannan said:
Running a little late, but so glad I got in to join you! Sharing an earlier poem that I think fits the category pretty well. Thanks for hosting Victoria, with such an interesting topic!
I’m glad to join in again, it’s a bit late but I don’t get to post on my blogs usually until around 9pm. 🙂
actually i think you are still early erica…i imagine we will have quite a few more responses in later and tomorrow…it is open all day tomorrow…
Color is a wonderful prompt. Thanks for choosing it, Victoria, and for the “colorful” overview.
Karen Maeby said:
I almost thought I wasn’t going to have anything to say / write for tonight! I guess I was wrong. 🙂
Thank you. I can’t wait to read everyone’s creativity.
Susie Clevenger said:
I have listed one I wrote in August……I could have added several. It seems my poetry is full of color 🙂
Seek the Sun said:
Wow! what a great prompt! I had so many poems to choose from and I really had a difficult time deciding but the weather turned cold here overnight( a rarity in Arizona) so thoughts of January and Winter filled by head. I can’t wait to read all the great work.
Ok — i posted an old one that you will either love or… not love so much depending on what point on the timeline you were born, or what phase of the culture war you’re fighting…but the bigger question…is art permitted to be politically neutral and stand on its own merit…i am thinking here of the likes of Ezra Pound. i will grant the poem its own chauvinism. i regret that but to edit that out of the poem, in my view, would deplete its strength.
Women in White
I loved this prompt, Victoria. Beautiful, as were your two poems.
I will resent anything that gets in my way of reading many of these on Sunday-Monday, as this is such a rich topic…
Coincidentally the poem I wrote for Friday’s meme (and missed the deadline) drew a lot from Japanese artwork, and I deliberately used the bold monochromes to be found in there. Forgive me for linking it up to this prompt instead.
Bit late with mine but, better late than never. I guess the blue and red uniforms, gunpowder gray and silver swords is colourful, maybe? Hope it’s suitable anyway. Thanks for the prompt.
Roy Schulze said:
Today I present my prose to poets. Please be kind.
Happy birthday to your mom!
This line of your poem really grabs me:
“Flaming sunset paused”
Adura Ojo said:
Can’t say I really played with colors… but it was great to write ‘in’ color. Wanted to write happy poetry but only serious subjects came to mind. Here’s hoping the message is delivered.
Adura Ojo said:
Hi Victoria, hi all.
Writing ‘in’ color got me into a serious subject.
‘Just hope I did it justice(?)
Where are you supposed to post your poem? here in the comments section?
Don’t know if you got to do it yet. The link is closed now (and I was away over the weekend so am just now getting to these comments. Post it on your blog, then perhaps you could come back to these comments and put the link in the comments. I, for one, would love to read it. In the future, the process is to post on your blog, then use the Mr. Linky to paste your URL. Sorry, I didn’t include instructions. Hope you’ll continue to join us. Victoria
Yousei Hime said:
😦 I missed the deadline. Good news is I found this place! Thank you, Amy of Smart Little Pencil, for leading me hear. Thank you, Victoria, for an excellent prompt. I did write a poem to it. Any and all curious are welcome to visit via my name link. 😀 This rabbit will happily be back.
Victoria, did not mean to let you down, I made a post for you.
Thanks for the inspirations.
Morning, you never let me down! You give so much of yourself to poetry communities.
Thanks all for the comments and the wonderful poetic responses to the prompt. I am just now back to my own computer after celebrating my Mom’s 91st and will do my best to visit all though it might take a couple of days. I love what I’ve read so far. I got to read some at her house but her computer is from the iron age and sooo slow. She only uses it for solitaire. :0)
Late entry: Read whosoever will