Boxed Poems

Boxed Poems

Today I work at a small desk instead of in a large studio and make small works, combining my visual art with a flair for poetry, resulting in Poems in a Box, one-of-a-kind artworks that fit in the palm of a hand, each containing a poem. All are varnished gouache on wood.

My Everglades is Bleeding

My Everglades is Bleeding, 6 3/4″ x 4″ x 4″

My Everglades Is Bleeding

Once
There were more birds in the sky than anyone could count—
Herons–tricolors, little blues, great blues, green backs, black-crowns
And anhingas, cormorants, bitterns, pelicans. I am out of breath…
My Everglades is crying.

Then
There were high-flying bald eagles and wood storks and ospreys.
The sky ran pink from the open wings of roseate spoonbills and before them flamingos, now gone forever.
My Everglades is bleeding.

Before
We got our hunger for houses with their very own canals and docks and boats
And developed our enormous sweet tooth
And choked the Great Slough until the tears and the blood ran so thin.
My Everglades is dying.

Donna Marxer

Boxed Poems

The Color of Night Air, 9 1/2″ x 4 7/8″ x 2 1/2″

Hubris

Hubris, 7 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ x 4″

Under the Volcano

Under the Volcano, 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ x 5 1/8″

Lilacs in Concrete

Lilacs in Concrete, 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ x 5 1/8″

Broken Marbles

Broken Marbles, 6 1/2″ x 4 7/8″ x 3″

Tsunami Red Sea

Tsunami Red Sea, 6 1/2″ x 4 7/8″ x 3″