Haiku ~ The First Week Of April

Haiku For Poetry Month: April 1st to April 6th
By CS Sherin
April 6, 2018

To celebrate poetry month I have been writing daily haiku! It is fun! Remember, poetry is the language of the soul. It is nourishment, a salve–it is necessary on regular days, it is essential on trying days.

Poetry became a part of my practice at age thirteen. It simply flowed from me. My mother was astonished. I accepted it without question. Because people are not always so open to poetry, I have most often kept it private. Now that I am middle-aged, I seek to share my poetic voice more. And, I do have a couple of books written, waiting to be published! I keep the poetry that comes from me sacred. I share it with love.

Words have power to unite, divide, heal, free, enlighten. Poetry takes that power into a naked truth that illuminates what is unspoken, and what we long to express and hear.

Happy poetry month!

April 1 2018
Is the joke that we
wait for a magic that is
already herein?

April 2
She embodies all
love I’ve known so far.
Bright daughter, magic.

April 3rd
Whenever we kiss,
the snow melts a bit.
Endless Spring love, Jeff.

April 4th
With all of the snow
we could build a snow person
who could melt this Spring.

April 5th
Rejection stings me.
Relentless persistence is
what the cat taught me.

April 6th
When nothing makes sense
the only thing that matters
is breath, movement, love.

Chandra S Sherin (CS Sherin), WildClover.org 2018©


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An Irrational, Transcendental Poem For Pi Day

Celebrate the Irrational and Transcendental Pi that is Pi Day, with Pi facts and the inspiration of dreams, tea, and Adventure Time through poetry

Image by Aitoff, Pixabay

“3.14159”

by CS Sherin, 3.14.2018, updated 3.14.2019

We traveled to Australia.
We look younger.
We see the strange and unfamiliar
as well as things that look
just like home.
We are traveling with other tourists.
I am on a tall ladder-like platform, and
large Afghan-type dogs appear.
Four of them.
One comes to me specifically.
I am to put my hand on his back
and he will lead me where we need to go.

The dogs were blue at first,
then turned black, and last, white.
They can puff up their hair
when they want, and smooth
it out again at will.

We end up at a long corridor of
open dorm beds that are like
a partial camper-sleeper/barracks.
Some female family and acquaintances
are there too, it turns out.
I choose to sleep halfway
in the corridor of beds.
A woman across from me exclaims
that she knows she is sad because
when she is happy she feels horny.
I roll my eyes and think,
I have to put up with this?

Another woman playfully-not playfully
taunts me about not knowing
what a former friend is doing now.
I don’t need to know, I think, irritated
by these arrangements. And then,
the alarm awakens me.

Today, in waking life,
I saw the pi symbol formed
by tea leaves at the bottom of
my tea cup.
Quite
a surprise.
And has never happened before
or since.
Then tonight,
on Adventure Time
Finn drank from a cup
with the pi symbol on it.
My amazement was complete.
So I dove into all the
alluring pi facts…

Ancient Babylonia,
ancient Egypt,
the Old Testament,
the Greeks all
knew it to some degree.
Pythagoras helped
Archimedes to really find it.
Madhava of Sangamagrama found
more of it.
Within the atom and through
computers we find more of it
each day.
Irrational,
transcendental,
infinite pi…..
Wherever there is a circle,
there is pi (I smile
thinking of all the mandalas I create)

Pi is not a root–not algebraic.
It’s patterns never repeat.
Pi measures emanating ripples well,
and probability determination,
the unchanging ratio of any circular
circumference and diameter.

This is the day that 3.14159 (and so on)
tapped my shoulder
with it’s waking life answer —
a mysterious, romantic, infinite
irrational answer —
to my night of dreaming, and day of waking…

3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197….They say
just those first forty digits could hold the answer
to our universe.

CS Sherin, WildClover.org 2018/2019©

Retrospective: Past Works, Part Five

Past Works, Part 5: Oil Painting and Mixed Media Monotype Prints
Chandra S Sherin
March 8, 2018

This week the retrospective journey through my past works continues…with some mixed media monotype prints and an oil painting. See my artist statement here. See what I had to say about oil paintings of the past, here.

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“Lunar” by Chandra S Sherin, 1999. Monotype ghost, ink, and watercolor. Original and prints available.

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“Generation” by Chandra S Sherin, 1998. Oil on composite board.

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Untitled by Chandra S Sherin, 1999. Monotype and mixed media. Prints available.

Retrospective: Past Works, Part Four

Past Works, Part 4: Pastels, Charcoal, & Ink
Chandra S Sherin
March 2, 2018

Continuing from yesterday, here is the latest installment in the look back at some of my earlier works, a couple pastels this time and an ink drawing.

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“Beloved” by Chandra S Sherin, pastels and charcoal on paper, 1999.

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“Realized” by Chandra S Sherin, pastels and charcoal on paper, 2000. See next image for an earlier version.

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“Realized” by Chandra S Sherin, was featured in “Touchstone” in 1999, Viterbo University’s publication.

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“Albert” by Chandra S Sherin, 1999. Ink on paper.

Retrospective: Past Works, Part Three

Past Works, Part 3: Oil Paintings of the Late 1990s
Chandra S Sherin
March 1, 2018

Continuing from last week, here is the third installation of the look back at my early works from the end of the 1990s. This is another group of oil paintings.

While I feel great nostalgia for oil painting because it was a medium I had great affinity and passion for, I did give it up. I gave up oil painting for my health and for the health of the environment, as well as to find a practice that is more simple and eco-friendly. In place of oil painting, I first tried moving on to acrylic, but I did not find it as enjoyable.

What are the toxic aspects for a person and environment with oil painting and other methods? Highly toxic solvents mainly, and the plastic via containers and the paints themselves, like acrylic. While there are less toxic alternatives for solvents, none are totally safe. And while some supplies come in glass bottles, many others do not. Most artistic mediums have their issues. And there are ways to make them more sustainable and healthy, in most cases–with a little research and out of the box thinking.

Nowadays, watercolor, ink drawings, and digital photography are satisfying replacements for me.  I also have some fun renewing old objects I find, turning them into some form of art.

I still appreciate the works I did create with oil paints. And I had so much fun using lots and lots of linseed oil to get the sheen you see in this first piece.

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“Soul Flower (Houston),” oil on composite board by Chandra S Sherin, 1999. Original and prints available.

 

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“Defiant Cry Against The Source Of Suffering” by Chandra S Sherin, 1999. Oil on canvas.

 

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“Blue Kachina Comforts Him” by Chandra S Sherin, 1999. Oil on canvas.

 

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Portrait by Chandra S Sherin, oil on board, 1998.

Retrospective: Past Works, Part Two

Past Works, Part 2: Oil Paintings
Chandra S Sherin
Feb. 23, 2018

Continuing from the last post, here is part two of the Retrospective series of art by Chandra S Sherin. These five oil paintings are from the 1999-2000 time-frame, when my initials were CSC, not CSS (Chandra S Sherin).

The last three paintings are all on the same canvas, shown chronologically.

“The Present Moment,” by Chandra S Sherin, 1999. Oil on canvas. Original work owned by Viterbo University’s Art Department.

“The World Between Us,” by Chandra Sherin, 1999. Oil on canvas.

“Layers” by Chandra S Sherin, featured in the 1998 publication of Viterbo University’s “Touchstone.” Oil on canvas.

“Layers 2,” by Chandra S Sherin, 1999. Oil on canvas.

“Layers 3,” by Chandra S Sherin, 2000. Oil on canvas.


 

Retrospective: Past Works, Part One

Past Works, Part 1: Monotype Prints
Chandra S Sherin
Feb. 22, 2018
updated March 30, 2018

Welcome to the Wild Clover blog! All posts on this site will have to do with the art, photography, and other creative works and features by Chandra S Sherin.

We begin with a retrospective series of past works by Chandra S Sherin.

Below: six monotype prints I created in 1998/99. These were all before I was married, and my initials back then were CSC, instead of the current CSS (Chandra S Sherin).

For an artist statement go here.

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“Time Between Us,” monotype by Chandra S Sherin, 1998.


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“Survivor,” monotype by Chandra S Sherin, 1998. Original and prints available.


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Untitled, monotype by Chandra S Sherin, 1998.


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“Plasticity,” monotype by Chandra S Sherin, 1998. Original and prints available.

“Plasticity 2” monotype by Chandra S Sherin, 1998. Original and prints available.


 

Untitled monotype by Chandra S Sherin, 1999. Featured on Viterbo University’s “Touchstone” (La Crosse, WI)  cover that year. Original owned by Viterbo’s Art Department.