I think the artwork and poem called “The Infrastructures” help us to think about how all life forms, the universe and the whole shebang are matrixed together. Thank you.
I just finished reading The Firefly Collection, for the fourth or fifth time. I’ve lost count. If the poetry is about one woman, then I envy her beyond all reason. If it’s about many, I wish I were one of them.
Anne Lee Conroy
You’ve convinced my husband and I, Jon Trovato, for you, all aspects of life can be expressed through poetry. Thank you for continuing to share your poetic expressions every month. They’re beautiful.
Annie & Hank Shaw
Your poems about Paris appear often in your site updates. What is it about this city that continues to inspire you? Is it a long lost love who lives there? Or are you writing about a place you love and never got the chance to experience with someone you love?
The complex assembly of images and the colors that reinforce, join and blend them in “The Hunting Grounds” artwork is astounding. Bravo Thinking about this abstract painting by Dennis Wheeler as the processing of a mind in a moment in time is perfect.
I received your latest e-blast and thoroughly enjoyed reading your poems as always.
The artwork is beautiful too.
I’ve been enjoying your beautiful postings on Instagram for quite awhile. This is my first visit to your website and I immediately felt I had to say the poems that appear here are extraordinary. My favorite, by far is “Visible Nothingness.” It captures the impact of a lost love more perfectly than any other poems on this subject I’ve ever read.
“Like the fiery fragments of an exploding sun.” Such a perfect description of the falling leaves of October. You never fail to impress me, Jon.
You’ve captured our thoughts and feelings about fall, exactly. My husband and I often venture into wooded areas at this time of year. The experience never fails to remind us of how beautiful and brief life is. The painting and poem, “Stunning Reminders” seem to have been created about and for us Thank you.
Marge and John Grecco
The photograph and accompanying poem, “In Paris,” from the September update on this website is a starkly beautiful combination. I’ve looked at and read it several times. “Poignant” and “bittersweet” are words that come close to describing what has been created by the photographer and poet. But, “heartbreaking “ is really what says it all. I’ve had that experience. I know that feeling. Neither ever leave me.
I think Dennis Wheeler is an intensely dramatic abstract artist. His website is worth visiting. The poetic interpretations of his art are equally intense and dramatic. But neither the paintings nor the poems are ever easy for me to understand. Both require a great deal of thought, from me, before I can appreciate why they appear together and why they belong together. So far it has been worth the effort to find out.
Your Instagram portfolio is wonderful. Your website is superb. Your range of subject matter is amazing. I still say all of it is so unlike you that it’s hard for me to believe you’re the writer. Please keep it up, Jon.
You did it! You published a book and it’s beautiful.
The picture and poem, “Just Imagine,” is all about love and happiness. I’ve been visiting it every day, just to feel good. Bravo…
What I want to know is what happened to you in Paris? Will you ever get over it (or her)? Truthfully, I hope you don’t. Your Paris poems deserve a book of their own.
All of these poems are beautifully written and beautifully illustrated. This website is a joy to visit. I plan to come back often.
Visited your site this morning, Jon. The poem Sentries (sic.Willing Companions), is lovely.
Such a wonderful interpretation of the painting, “A Chaotic Array.” A perfect fit. Makes me wonder if the Artist and Poet collaborated on the image and words from the inception of both painting and poem.
I assume Larry Chase doesn’t have a website. He should. One or two of his photos have appeared with Word Paintings poems very recently. His latest, the Quid Pro Quo photograph is excellent.
You continue to hit home runs, Jon. Good for you!
Every month there are stories to be found in each of these paintings and poems. The Paris images and poetry, in particular, speak bittersweet volumes of a lost love. Of this I am certain.
This Website is beautiful. I’m glad I followed your link.
Such a beautiful website, amazing words and pictures! Congratulations Jon, Mary Ann, Joe and all for this great work.
Your poetry continues to delight me, Jon. The two individuals that appear in the poems “An Always” and “Someone,” are very intriguing. Especially intriguing is the man you describe as “being loved by camera and canvas, alike.” I’m wondering if the artist “who can see into his soul” is his wife? Or, perhaps, his lover. I’m also thinking it may be his mother!
Paul and I are wondering who the mystery lady is, Jon? Elle est très attirante.
I am mesmerized by the “Aesthete.” Is she also a “Firefly?”
The images that sprawl, shoulder to shoulder, across the Single Glance canvas fascinate me. As does the poetic interpretation of this artwork. It really does look like a single visual slice taken from countless other slices that the artist, or any of us for that matter, may see without ever processing at any moment, on any day, in our lives.
The poem, Willing Companions, showers high praise on a pair of beach chairs. After carefully studying the sketch and the lines that accompany it, my feeling is, that praise is well deserved!
What lovely poetry, Jon! I especially like your melding of poetry and artwork. Two of my favorites are An Unlikely Pairing and A Magnet.
Jon, I like how you pair your words to specific art or photos.
The “Made Mystical” art and poem are absolutely beautiful.
Every month, these selections keep getting better and better, Jon. We especially like “The Transcendent.” It’s so true.
John and Marge Grecco
All of your poems on this new site are so sensitive, so sincere, so unlike the business you. Amazing.
Jon Trovato, you have outdone yourself with this new approach to presenting your poems as wonderful interpretations of very special art and photography.
Thank you so much for the beautiful book of poetry! The poems are so intimate, so tender, so lyrical and poignant. Congrats to you!!
I think the poetry in your "Firefly Collection" should be read often. I enjoy them that way and discover new meaning, new understanding, and new appreciation for your oh so beautiful words with each new reading.
You did it. You published a book of poetry. It’s beautiful. I can’t stop reading the poems.. Thank you. Who is the mystery woman on the cover? Were the poems written for her?
Your soul-touching words combined with this fine art is a pleasure to enjoy always. So very well done.
There is love in all of your poetry, Jon Trovato. Never stop creating Word Paintings.
Unbelievable. First a website of intimate poetry. Then a book with even more intimate poetry, And now a new website with an entirely new way of presenting a new kind of intimate poetry. All this from a guy who used to be all business, all the time. I’ll say it again… Unbelievable.
This new Word Paintings Website is a perfect showplace for the combination of poetry, photography and art. Congratulations!
The paperback and e-book versions of the Firefly Collection are excellent ways of reading this beautiful poetry. Have you given any thought to introducing an audio book version? I think it would be a wonderful addition
Jon, Since we've known each other since high school, I feel that I'm fairly well-attuned to the forces of your creative mind. Your word paintings are beautiful and compelling, just as I would expect from you. We were both obvious writers from way back in those days, now so long ago. For me, your pieces prove my assessment of you, that you were a "raging, but cautious free spirit" from birth! Keep going, my good friend! Creative talent is like a muscle that must be used to avoid atrophy. Ad multos annos!
I have read every poem in your Firefly Collection, Jon. I see them as timeless, tireless and true words of love. Giving or receiving these words has got to have been gloriously life-changing. Thank you for sharing these poems with the world.
I must confess I've never been smart enough to really be able to understand poetry well, but I do enjoy some of yours.
What a beautiful new format this is! Congratulations on your book, I have a copy coming and will gift some more. So prolific, so many beautiful words. Appreciate you Jon, as always… Also, your Firefly Collection is wonderful as is your book dedication. Congratulations and please keep sharing your creations with all. We all appreciate and enjoy!
Can’t help wondering if the Paris poems on this site are admissions. They are as bittersweet as they are beautiful.
Whatever you did to this site, I approve.
Les poèmes de The Firefly Collection sont les expressions d’amour les plus sincères que j’ai jamais lues.
The poems in the Firefly collection are spectacular celebrations of love.
Some of the love poems in your new book brought me to tears, Jon. All of them are unforgettably profound. Your talent for expressing the intricacies and intimacies of this most beautiful behavior is without equal.
Jon -- your "new look" here is wonderful -- light and lovely, just like your words.
Congratulations on your latest poetry. The new poems are beautifully written and go so perfectly to the images beside them. I love how you resolved allowing the reader to easily find their way back to and through your archives. Well done.
Throw iambic pentameter out the window. This is a different style of poetry and it’s great.
This new site is proving less can be more. Congratulations.
Everything about this new Website is simply stated and elegant. The same is true for "The Firefly Collection." But I can’t decide if all the poems in this new book are tributes to one woman or many. Whichever is the case, I am envious. So much adoring tenderness is extremely rare in today’s world.
Hearty and Huge CONGRATULATIONS on “The Firefly Collection.”
Janet Miller Haines
Wow! that's so awesome - congratulations! This is a big bucket list item for you.
Congratulations on publishing your book. I look forward to reading it!
Just purchased the book...and will bring it to our next dinner for you to sign.
How exciting Jon. I’ve ordered a few – 1 each for my sons & one for myself. Can hardly wait to get them. Good Work.
Mary Ann Manning
Hi Jon! Congratulations!! I went into Amazon and found your book. YAY! Can’t wait to read it.
What a beautiful, beautiful book.
How beautiful, Jon! I'll order a copy and treasure it.
Congratulations to you.
I have one word, “Bravo!”
Congratulations on the book. Just ordered a few copies to share with my local poet-friends.
Congratulations on your achievement. You are a poet. If you don’t mind my asking: what took you so long to get the word out?
Congrats Jon. You must be proud of your work. I expect other readers are or will be as appreciative as I am of your poems. Let's hope the sales numbers are among the countless gold pixels you describe so eloquently.
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