Poems & song lyrics have always impacted me visually, potent & minimal, like cartoons.
I like how both media play with language — visual or otherwise — & hang patiently in our memory.
Poetry needs no visual components — needs no illustration.
The words say it all. So what can a cartoonist add?
A passionate Dario poem with a mathematical pulse …
“You would need to be, Roosevelt, GOD himself…” (PART 4 OF 4)
“The America in which noble Guatemoc said, ‘I am not in a bed of roses’.”
“If you cry out, it sounds like the roar of a lion…”
“A ROOSEVELT” by Ruben Dario (1904) ~ First verse, translated into comics:
The final verse …
The healing power of song …
The bloodiest verse of Dario’s 1905 “Augurios” (“Omens”):
“A dove passed / which almost grazed with its wings my lips…”
“An owl passed / over my forehead…”
The first verse of Dario’s 1905 “Augurios” (“Omens”)…
Here are some songs & poems I picked up in my time in Nicaragua which I still hope to draw:
- With Walker in Nicaragua (English, translation by Jonathan Cohen)