Definition

One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Sunday Mini-Challenge

Doll by Bailey Powell
Welcome to the Sunday Mini-Challenge.  I, Margaret Bednar, am hosting with a little help from my daughter and her fellow classmates.  They were given an assignment to create dolls that reflect a part of who they are.  They spent close to six weeks hand stitching and creating the backdrops for these gorgeous works of art.

The students are thrilled and excited to have their dolls interpreted into poetry.  For this exercise, please feel free to choose more than one image.

I have six other dolls I would love to share with you next month.  Let me know in the comments below if this is a challenge you are interested in revisiting.

Doll by Junsung Lee
Doll by Dionne Daniel
Doll by Chelsea Bednar
Doll by Mallory Doran
Doll by Emma Whitlock
Doll by Amber Robinson
Please acknowledge the name of the artist if you upload an image to your blog. The Sunday Challenge is posted on Saturday at noon CST to allow extra time for the form challenge.  Please provide a link on your blog back to Real Toads.  We stipulate that only poems written for this challenge may be added to the Mr Linky.  Management reserves the right to remove unrelated links, but invites you to share a poem of your choice on Open Link Monday.


30 comments:

Margaret said...

This is an "old" poem that I wanted to share here. I don't think many of the Toad's saw it. I will also be creating an original poem to another doll or two.

Marian said...

WOW, those are AMAZING. whoosh!

Peggy said...

Wow, what a wonderful set of challenge photos (and artworks). These are amazing. I really look forward to writing to at least one of these. How old at these kids?

Margaret said...

These were created last year. Juniors and Seniors (high school) attending a visual art program at a University program (they board there)

Margaret said...

So sorry about the first link... I know, Kerry, you have a removal tool... but I can't figure it out. :( Can you remove the first one for me?

Sherry Blue Sky said...

What a fantastic art project - and the art produced is astounding. These kids are really gifted. Fantastic photos, of wonderfully creative works of art. I love them!

Hannah said...

Love these!! What creative people!! Thank you, Margaret!!

Susan said...

Mighty amazing interpretations of self! And so big!

Ella said...

I love this, so happy you shared!
Count me in, I want to see more
Impressive, thank you for sharing

hedgewitch said...

These are a wonderful bunch of artworks to consider writing to, Margaret--what talent these students show! I will see if I can rise to the occasion.

Helen said...

I can't recall ever seeing anything quite like these dolls ~~ amazing work, unique assignment ... so much effort and hard work! Please compliment your daughter and the other girls ... yes, it would be great to do an encore challenge!!!!

Emma Major said...

I have been blown away by the art and am really worried that my mere words don't do them justice. W hat talent

Emma Major said...

I have been blown away by the art and am really worried that my mere words don't do them justice. W hat talent

Fireblossom said...

Wow, awesome! will definitely write to at least one and hopefully more of these!

Margaret, I am assuming your link issue was fixed? Cos your link seems fine. If not, email me.

Heaven said...

Such a lovely project Margaret ~ I might write one for OLN ~ Thanks for sharing this ~

I am having a problem as I can't see Mr. Linky in the posts :-(

Margaret said...

By all means, use these dolls in other poems this week or next if you can. I KNOW it is a busy time (for Americans=Thanksgiving) so late is good. Just try and link back here so I can have the students read them.

I will be back on Sunday to read everyone's poems. Off to spend the last evening with all my children gathered in one place. :)

Kerry O'Connor said...

I'm thrilled by the response to the students' artwork. It was very generous of them to share their vision with us, and I hope they enjoy all the poetic responses. Many thanks to Margaret for presenting their work to us.

hedgewitch said...

I never read anyone's poems to prompt before writing, so apologies for writing to the same photo as our Fireblossom--especially after Kerry's daunting assessment that no one should! But I got what I got, and that's all that I got, so here it is. ;_)

hedgewitch said...

Forgot to say yes, Margaret, to another challenge along these lines. These dolls are not going to go away in my memory, and I know more can only be great stuff to work with. Again, amazing talent here.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Kerry apologizes for putting other writers off with her enthusiastic enjoyment of FB's masterpiece...

Margaret said...

I thank all of you for participating. I know that this is a busy weekend for Americans and encourage late entries. I will be back later this evening to add a few more poems myself. I'm taking my two back to college ;( and might link some up to Open Link Monday.

Robyn Greenhouse said...

Love these dolls! What a great art project for students!

Susie Clevenger said...

Margaret, thanks so much for sharing these amazing dolls with us and also thank the girls for allowing us to use them for inspiration. I would love for you to share the rest of them.

Susan said...

Sure, let's have more . . .

Margaret said...

Kerry!! I lost HOW to delete a wrong linky link. UGH. Have patience with me, I beg. I delete stuff far to quickly. I promise to save the instructions this time. ;( #15 was wrong.

Manicddaily said...

Wild dolls! k.

Grace said...

My post is up ~ Also linked to OLN Monday ~

jasmine said...

I remember seeing your daughter's doll on your blog a while back. What an exciting assignment; the outcome is inspiring. Excellent work, all around. Thank you for sharing these. What a fun prompt this must have been.

Margaret said...

Thank you everyone!! Feel free to keep using these images, I just ask they get linked back to here as well so I can have all the poems in one place. Thanks!

I can't wait to share next set next month!

Ella said...

Thank you Margaret! This gave me a chance to voice the despair of my muse, when art becomes a war. :D