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I Allow Myself Poetry

April 6, 2015

I allow myself poetry
I’ve said this before, but poetry is probably the largest influence on my comics.  What I feel and experience in reading my favorite poems is what I hope to express in comics.  The poet Dorothea Grossman is up there for me in terms of guiding this idea.  I so wish I had VOLUMES of her work instead of the slim selected poems that was published shortly after her death.  The poem that I mention in the comic is called “I Allow Myself” and you can find it here along with many others and a couple of podcasts that feature her work.  I also want to note that I misquoted her poem in the comic.  It should read: ” I allow/ myself the luxury of breakfast/ (I am no nun, for Christ’s sake.)”

I am a proud subscriber of Poetry Magazine and still an avid listener of the podcasts.  I *still* have a crush on Don Share and Christian Wiman (although Wiman has since moved on from the magazine and the podcast).  How can you not have a crush on two men who make their job editing and writing poems seem fresh month after month? How can you not have a crush on someone who continues to labor with such love?  I guess this is where poetry and comics meet so clearly–neither art form will most likely pay the bills, but they both go along way to keep on the lights.

Happy National Poetry Month!

65 Comments
  1. jakepierre permalink
    April 6, 2015 3:44 pm

    Just the right amount of breakfast this Monday morning.

    Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device

  2. sarah chepkirui permalink
    April 6, 2015 3:53 pm

    Yay! No wonder I love your comics so. Off to check out Dorothea Grossman right now; thank you.

  3. April 6, 2015 4:57 pm

    ?? typo in the christian winman link above — it says christian wiman.

  4. summer permalink*
    April 6, 2015 5:13 pm

    It’s supposed to say Christian WIMAN.

  5. April 10, 2015 8:37 pm

    Wonderful poetry in your comics. Do you do your own art in your comics?

  6. April 10, 2015 9:22 pm

    love it. Your style reminds me slightly of Crumb.

  7. davidpryceviarosa permalink
    April 10, 2015 10:04 pm

    This is my first time reading your blog. I love this post! The text and the images complement one another so well that the comic becomes a poem itself. Well done!

  8. April 10, 2015 10:30 pm

    Poetry is magic. Love this.

  9. April 11, 2015 12:17 am

    You are right, poetry can be so inspiring – thanks for sharing how you appreciate poetry in your own way🙂. And there are so many ways to experience it: I recently read some of Paul Nerudo’s Odes, and I can still feel his simple, lyrical words soothing me!

  10. jantaiwan permalink
    April 11, 2015 12:42 am

    Great.

  11. April 11, 2015 12:57 am

    I love your comics heaps!! They’re fantastic!🙂

    Could you please check out my blogs too, thanks.🙂

  12. April 11, 2015 1:04 am

    Good!

  13. April 11, 2015 1:11 am

    Nice

  14. jennifer parsons permalink
    April 11, 2015 5:04 am

    Summer, I love this post.  Thank you! Jenny

  15. April 11, 2015 6:46 am

    I love your comics! http://wp.me/p60qzz-7

  16. April 11, 2015 7:11 am

    Brilliant blog post. Will be back🙂

  17. April 11, 2015 12:39 pm

    Reblogged this on SCERAH WORLD.

  18. April 11, 2015 2:07 pm

    I’ve never seen poetry in this format before. So creative.

  19. April 11, 2015 2:31 pm

    Hi. Please follow back. Thanks.🙂

  20. April 11, 2015 3:12 pm

    I love comics😍

  21. April 11, 2015 5:03 pm

    Amazing post! Thanks for sharing.

    Emory
    helloscarlettblog.com

  22. George G. permalink
    April 11, 2015 7:03 pm

    I loved this post!

  23. April 11, 2015 7:07 pm

    Love this. I don’t have children, but I do listen to podcasts a lot. I had never thought to recommend podcasts to new mothers and fathers who are too overwhelmed and busy to read or write. Great idea.

  24. April 11, 2015 9:12 pm

    Nice

  25. summer permalink*
    April 12, 2015 2:59 am

    Thank you! Yes, I do all my own drawing.

  26. 1dollardigitizingcom permalink
    April 12, 2015 3:37 am

    😘 great

  27. April 12, 2015 8:04 am

    hahahahahahha

  28. graphicvolver permalink
    April 12, 2015 9:09 am

    really like your comics!

  29. April 12, 2015 9:21 am

    I agree

  30. Fifty Shades Of Life! permalink
    April 12, 2015 10:19 am

    Loved your comics Summer! Wonderful use of poetry in your comics! That’s surely a big signature of your comics! You are truly an artist

  31. April 12, 2015 12:38 pm

    You are correct

  32. April 12, 2015 2:06 pm

    And I can’t believe , this is amazing

  33. soundstaz permalink
    April 12, 2015 2:53 pm

    I luv dis

  34. Magnolia1000dreams permalink
    April 12, 2015 3:08 pm

    So creative! Love it

  35. April 12, 2015 3:48 pm

    Nice

  36. April 12, 2015 7:43 pm

    Good

  37. April 13, 2015 4:23 am

    Reblogged this on Now or Never and commented:
    Yỏu self?

  38. April 13, 2015 6:04 am

    Simple, yet great:)

  39. April 13, 2015 6:04 am

    Lol

  40. April 13, 2015 6:19 am

    Loved your comics and the poetry in your comics! In case you understand German, would you pls check out our blog of deutsche haiku in Kyoto (German Haiku in Kyoto), too?
    Thank you.

  41. April 13, 2015 9:22 am

    Thank you, Summer!

  42. April 13, 2015 10:17 am

    Thank you
    Fantastic Blog
    Good luck
    ………………………….
    http://www.whatsapp-dp.com
    ___

  43. April 13, 2015 10:30 am

    Loved it.

  44. April 13, 2015 5:23 pm

    I love poetry

  45. April 13, 2015 7:06 pm

    I agree btw I like your blog and have just started mine I was wondering could u recommend it!

  46. April 14, 2015 2:57 am

    Very nice insight!

  47. April 14, 2015 3:46 am

    Fantastic Post!!

  48. April 14, 2015 8:43 am

    Art is all about feeding one’s spirit, sanity, thots and soul

    Thank you for the.poem

  49. April 14, 2015 9:36 am

    Cerita yang menarik, senang bisa membaca artikel anda

  50. April 14, 2015 9:50 am

    love it!

  51. April 15, 2015 6:34 am

    love the comics it is such an inspirational way of describing such thing.

  52. April 15, 2015 4:52 pm

    I totally understand you, I mean poetry flows like water if there’s anything in this world that’s beautiful, it’s poetry xx

  53. April 15, 2015 7:56 pm

    the best poetry
    ~
    In the moment

  54. manianmanda permalink
    April 16, 2015 1:44 am

    Appreciating poetry is an art; this trait is not easily coming to many women in general. Sometimes it takes long years to reach that stage of appreciation. Some poems people do not understand; they just simply skip and switch on to other topics. i feel poets can give a short gist of their poems.
    ‘mandakol manian’

  55. April 16, 2015 4:47 am

    great

  56. April 16, 2015 5:39 am

    Poetry touch my heart like you

  57. April 16, 2015 5:39 am

    Has un articulo en español🙂

  58. April 17, 2015 4:20 am

    What a heart warming poem. I totally understand and its very beautiful

  59. April 18, 2015 2:47 am

    Very nice🙂 check out my blog please i’m a new blogger🙂

  60. April 18, 2015 5:52 pm

    Love it! Thank you!

  61. April 18, 2015 9:12 pm

    Nice !

  62. April 19, 2015 2:27 pm

    Awwww so sweet

  63. April 19, 2015 2:27 pm

    Nice illustrations , by the way

  64. April 19, 2015 5:26 pm

    Awesome draft

  65. April 20, 2015 11:36 am

    Great post and art! I really enjoyed your blog. I hope you know you are so talented!

    I’m new to blogging and have a new page I just created, Real Life Natural Wife. I hope you’ll check it out and let me know what you think.. Enjoy the day!

    Keep up the good work!

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