Hi JT! Another exceptional collection of poetry from my talented friend. I especially like Much More Than a Hint. Was happy and surprised to see a painting by Pat Jahnsen. Had no idea she is an artist. A nice collaboration for you two.
Susan Brierly Bush
I love the poetry on this site as well as the poetry that you post regularly on Instagram. While both are similar in content and style, they seem to me to be quite different in the way they are focused. To be honest, your website poetry seems to be far more personal than your Instagram poetry. Whether or not this is your intent or my interpretation of your intent, I love them both.
As a long time resident of Camden and a long time follower of Word Paintings, I can say with great relief (and expectation) that your poem, “The Melt Is On,” is definitely spot on, especially in the line: “Winter’s hold is typically tenacious in Maine.” It’s tenacity this year is a record breaker.
The painting and poem entitled, A Hope, are so delicate and so beautiful, together.
I know I sound like a never-ending echo. But I can’t stop myself from wondering and asking when will you publish more of your Love Poems. What you have published so far on this site and in book form are among the most beautiful I’ve ever read.
“Immensity without any density” is a great line, Jon Trovato. You continue to amaze me.
Every one of these poems and pictures are gifts. Thank you for all of them.
Very pleasant thoughts combined with very pleasant images. Great concept. I wish you great success.
Jon, I’ve very much enjoyed your March 2022 poetry. My favorite poem and accompanying artwork is “In the Warmth.” Pure genius to complement each of your poems with a beautiful, colorful work of art.
Susan Brierly Bush
A Pleasure browsing your poetry in the early morning hours today.
You have some lovely art work on your website. Do you ever work with other poets to do Ekphrastic work? Do you at times team up with poets with other artists?
“Immensity without density.” What a wonderful phase along with an equally wonderful painting.
Are your trying to say in the poem-painting combination that Karen Burns has created an image reminiscent of those that were created during what’s known as the romantic era?. If so, I agree with you. Her work is quite beautiful.
Jean Anne Chamberlain
Where are your love poems? I miss them so.
I still love your poetry, Jon. And, after more years than I can count since you started publishing this site, I still can’t decide which of your poems is my favorite. All of them and the paintings and pictures that accompany each are absolutely beautiful. You are a treasure, Mr. Trovato.
Always a pleasure to have work here in Word Paintings. Thank You.
Grand Central Station will always be grand; especially in black and white. I don’t know why I feel this way. But, I’ll bet I’m not alone.
Larry Chase, again, and this time with an abstract painting effect within a photo. Who else could accomplish this feat?
I really like the “Long Before” image and poem. It’s my favorite time of day after a New York City snow storm. In fact, being an early riser, I work really hard at not being the first to put my footprints in the snow outside my apartment building
I think I will try your advice on how to delete the touch and feel of winter by imagining the colors of spring and summer, at bed time. I’ve tried everything else, including your love poems and they work, but only briefly. Not enough to carry me into sleep (unless winter is not outside my doors). Maybe this new approach will work, year round.
This site is so lovely. I visit often and wonder why you publish only once each month.
These are such sad times, How you manage to bring such joy through your poetry and images continues to amaze me. Thank you for these gifts. They brighten my days.
You’ve chosen your poetry introductory words well, Jon Trovato. Each of your poem and image pairs is, for me, either a new or an already cherished experience to remember. I love this website
There’s a hint. Or maybe it’s a glint of W.S. Merwin in your poetry. Don’t let this observation go to your head. Just keep working at keeping it in your poems. They’re far more beautiful than most because of where and how it shows up every now and then.
Your January selections are as insightful as they are beautiful, Jon. Please don’t ever stop practicing your magic.
Winter scenes from you and your artists and photographers always capture the beauty of this season, never its harshness. All of them contain lessons each of us can learn from and should practice often
You’ve been silent on Instagram. I’m hoping you’re well,
The poem-photo combination, Preening Behaviors, should be framed and made available for purchase. Lovely. Lovely. Lovely.
Why doesn’t Larry Chase have a Website? His photos are uncommonly real and re-visitable.
Have to admit, since I failed to do so, last month, both my mother and I are HUGE fans of this site. We follow it, religiously. We also follow all your Instagram posts and, we’ve read all of your books. P.S. your Memoir is dog eared.
The painters that are featured on this site are ideally suited to reinforce the peaceful moods you try to convey through your simply stated lines of poetry each month. How you found them is a mystery to me. But I’m sure you are as pleased with what they have to offer as I am.
Where are your love poems, Jon? Don’t misunderstand me. All of your poetry intrigues me. But I continue to wait for the latest update on the relationship you had or have with your Firefly.
Just wanted to let you know I’m still a fan and still amazed at the breadth and depth of your imagination. Never stop publishing your thoughts, Jon. The paintings and photos that accompany them are extraordinarily well suited for underscoring your words
Reading the poem and painting pairing entitled, Oh So Fleeting, brought summer back into my life in December, I can’t begin to thank you enough for this experience.
“In A Hand” is a very clever interpretation of a wonderful winter photograph.
The poems and pix on this beautiful site are all about being in love with life. Thank you for all of them.
Somehow, your words manage to make my paintings become a bit more alive.
Your Word Paintings website is a pleasure to visit. I’ve been doing just that for years. I thought it was time for me to submit a comment. Here is: All of the content is always a pleasure to see and read, always.
The poem and picture titled, “A Solar System Quirk,” should have been called a Political System Annoyance.
You seem fixated on New Hampshire this month. I can’t blame you,. It’s a beautiful state, in any season and in any weather.
Whenever I visit the Word Paintings website, my reaction is always WOW! Please never stop creating these beautiful “pairings.”
Karen Burns is a wonderful artist. Her site and her works are gorgeous. So too is this site and its works.
I’m so pleased to find that you have begun to offer the same approach to all of your Instagram posts that are offered here on your Website. They are beautiful. Thank you.
It’s been a while. So I thought I’d reach out, again, to let you know I’m still a fan, Jon. Your poetry is never less than inspirational.
Thank you, Jon, for choosing my work to accompany your wonderful poetry.
Wonderful pairings! I’d love to know more! Thank you!
An “Eye Feast” could have no better title, nor a better poem to accompany it.
Your new Instagram postings brought me here. What a wonderful website. You definitely can paint with words, Jon. All of them are lovely.
Congratulations on your new approach to presenting your poetry on Instagram. It does indeed better align with what you’ve been publishing on your website. Plus it further underscores your incredible ability to interpret the way painters and photographers create their images, which appear to me to be the way you interpret the images of experiences and events you’ve stored in your mind. You have a very special talent. Thank you for sharing it with others.
The Karen Burns paintings are absolutely beautiful, made even more so by what you have to say about them.
I have to ask if the young lady pictured with the She Can Be poem is your latest Firefly. I hope so. You need to move on from the bittersweet experiences you had with the lady that your Loving Memoir so intimately and so indelibly describes.
The Sam Bleecker painting coupled with the poem, “Oddly Volcanic,” are powerful reminders of just how precarious our hold on this Democracy of ours has become. What I can’t understand is why a fire doesn’t burn within and under those who are committed to ensure that Democracy, the essence of this nation, remains intact.
I love the Karen Burns painting, Jon...the shade of the color orange she has chosen is exquisite. And, the pairing with your poem is spot on.
“A Grand Reflection” has such a dramatic skyline image. The accompanying poem is so appropriate and fitting for these times. Why am I not surprised that you continue to hit home runs, Jon. Good for you…
The pairing entitled Like Childhood Dreams, is lovely. So reminiscent of your First Impressions poetry. I miss those.
I’m in love with the poem and painting entitled, Where Joy Can Be Found! I’m also in love with Paris. Always will be. Thank you for bringing back so many beautiful memories of that beautiful city.
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