Scattered Blossoms: Poets on Twombly

Posted May 9, 2013 & filed under Notebook.


For 20 years WITS and the Menil Collection have worked closely in a project that weaves together art and writing, and the experience has been evocative for students and WITS writers alike. WITS Executive Director Robin Reagler is organizing an event on Sunday at 2pm in the Menil’s Twombly Gallery for poets who have been inspired by the abstract art of Cy Twombly. Many of these writers have taught with WITS in the past. Join us for this free event and hear new work by:

Joseph Campana

Jane Creighton

Robin Davidson

Christa Forster

Peter Hyland

Jonathan Moody

Laura Mullen

Robin Reagler

Fran Sanders

Charlie Scott

Randall Watson

Tria Wood

Dom Zuccone

The House

Posted December 7, 2012 & filed under Notebook.

You are walking through the woods and you see a house. You do not know why it is there and what is inside, but there is something inside you that tells you, you must not enter. There is something else in you that tells you to enter; it could be an adventure.

So you decide to go in and you find the door open. You are a little scared. You go
in and you find chalk marks on the board and you try to erase them, but they do not erase. You look at them.

An hour passes and you are inspired. On one side, you find chalk and you begin to draw with it, and it is the most beautiful thing you have ever seen in your entire life. You become famous. So you use chalk more, and all of the drawings you make are in that house. You continue to stay famous.

by Abigail, 3rd grade (inspired by Cy Twombly at the Menil Collection)


Posted April 19, 2012 & filed under Poem of the Day.

–Inspired by the Cy Twombly Gallery

Cy Twombly "Untitled Parts III and IV" 1988

I feel the sorrow going through my veins

as I jump into the pond.

I sink, the crystal clear tree

reflecting in the lake.

I fall with my joyless life,

sink and sink into the green.

I land on a fish. We

swim into an underwater land.

My sorrowful face turns

joyful, like finding a smiling pot of gold.

There is no hole in my heart anymore;

gray rainy clouds suddenly break

into blue, a gold flaming sun.

by Malia, 4th grade

Click the link (above) to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Jasmin Rubio, a 4th grader from Parker Elementary in Houston.

This poem is featured as part of the 2012 A Poem A Day campaign, a National Poetry Month celebration by Writers in the Schools (WITS) that features a different poem by a WITS student every day during April. Click here to learn more.

Amazing Beauty

Posted August 15, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

Inspired by Cy Twombly’s painting, Triumph of Galatea

I went away, into a dark
tunnel and could not get out.
I was calling for help,
trying to find someone
who would guide me to
find my way out. I was
trying to go over to the bright
side and find someone
who would lead me
and love me for who I was
in real life. Someone to take me
out of this tunnel
and lead me up to the real world.
I would let them see the other side
of me, a side that they’ve never seen
before, the amazing beauty in me.

By Emely, 3rd grade

Twombly and Rilke

Posted December 7, 2009 & filed under Notebook.

Ed Snow eventLecture and Reading: Josef Helfenstein and Edward Snow
Cy Twombly/Painting Poems

December 8, 2009
7 pm

In a literary program accompanying the rare showing of Cy Twombly’s Treatise on the Veil (Second Version), Menil Director Josef Helfenstein will speak briefly about the artist’s use of the words of poet Rainer Maria Rilke in his canvases. Rice University Professor Edward Snow, recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for his Rilke translations and the Academy of American Poets Harold Morton Landon Translation Award, will read from his newly released bilingual edition of The Poetry of Rilke. A book signing will follow.