I cannot count how many times I have encountered a poem during my literature study that at first glance read like;
The eagle flies south
With the skull of the broken horse
Trees with umbrellas
The monkey goes east
On a pumpkin
Flowers eat beans
With a banjo
Fire burns warm
In the water…
“What the hell is this person on about!” the class seems to exclaim in unison. Slowly but surely we uncover the hidden meaning like a fisherman untangling his line. Blake has definitely not disappointed in laying out these mythical treasure maps for us to traverse. I really enjoy this process and look forward to undertaking it with Brett Whitley’s art.
The unending layers concealed in literature and visual art offer endless possibilities for discovery and I find such joy in sharing our various interpretations on these gems. Exploring literature and art can be fun solo, but it is wonderfully enhanced when it is shared with others.