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A gathering place for all of the "artistes" in our midst, be they visual artists, writers, musicians and the like.

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FEATURED ARTIST - LADY ILANA

The Creature

In the winter of the night
In solitary stands
a creature of earth and sky
Whose reach exceeds its grasp
In fires light that pierce the night
Heralds a day of atonement
When all is clay once more
The sea sinks deep in rock
The end will near
The Creature bows its head in silence

 

Wings

One wing of paper
The other of feathers
Flap one and you shall rise
Flap the other and you shall burn

Poet Meshugeh

Hear the noise
The children playing
The honk the screeching
Birds chirping, laughter
Poet sits in wasted room
With sea of paper looming tall
Ink splats soaking
The sunlight moving on
Poet sulks moodily
Draining his thoughts with pen
Wind thru open window sweeps
The sea becomes a fury Circling the poet viciously
Cunning quick cutting deep
Poet sits In ruin waste

 

Clockwork Angels Narrative

Clockwork angels
Heads of glass
Wings of brass
Hang flightless in the air
Hourglass is turned
They shift in measured stride
Blinking slumber from their workings
Their bodies stuffed with gears
That would fill their bodies with life
And now they dance

Up one comes with wings out stretched
The light alights on brassy wings
Glittering in the murkiness whirling slow to steady pace
Slanting down they glide flapping softly with a clink
Brassy murmur

Quickly one ascends
flaunting its gleaming wings
against the night
darting here and there they play
flittering, quiver, flutter shimmer
in delicate dance

The last sand falls
sluggishly they slow
the flapping wings sedated their heads hang low
Their dance has ceased
Clockwork angels
Heads of glass
Wings of brass
Hang flightless in the air

 

For more of Lady Ilana's photography and poetry, please visit her Empire profile:

 

Lady Ilana

Discussion Forum

Other Peoples' Books

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        A couple of weeks ago, I introduced you to Jazzfeathers, a writer of Dieselpunk, who is in the creative throes of…Continue

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Steampunk Short Story Competition

Started by Admiral Binary Dorsett. Last reply by Sister Earth ~ Dianne Keast Feb 12. 2 Replies

Due to an unforeseen circumstance, we are no longer involved with Witty Bard Publishing.  With this in mind, please direct any questions/comments to the now owner of the company on their website. …Continue

Tinker Kickstarter: Cool art & Gear

Started by Kewii the Tinkerer. Last reply by Kewii the Tinkerer Dec 19, 2013. 4 Replies

TinkerI have been searching Kickstarter and etsy for some art or gear,…Continue

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New Art, Favorite Art? Post it here

Started by Camryn Forrest. Last reply by Maeve Alpin Sep 4, 2013. 111 Replies

I'm so delighted with this new watler globe / snow globe, I had to share. I really tried to imagine how an airship would look after it banged around the atmosphere a while, with a few dings, and…Continue

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Comment by Mischa Cantu 1 hour ago
Need Steampunk subjects for USC Documentary film! If you live in Los Angeles and are a die-hard Steampunk please contact me!
Comment by Sister Earth ~ Dianne Keast on August 31, 2014 at 1:20pm

Works in progress:

Comment by Rey Otis on August 30, 2014 at 10:22pm

Hello Blimprider. Fellow writer here. Don't worry about fitting in. Enjoy that drink and welcome aboard!

Comment by Blimprider on August 30, 2014 at 8:25pm

Hello, all!  Your newest member, as of minutes ago.  I've looked over your recent posts, and it looks like there is a wealth of fabulous visual artists here.  I'm a writer, and not sure where I'll fit in, but I'll watch for a while, and see if I find an opening.  Anybody wants me, I'll be over by the bar...

Comment by Mira Conci on August 12, 2014 at 7:32am

Hi, there's an amazing Kickstarter campaign running right now about steampunk Art-Toys, Steamy Chums. They are mechanical pets with a story of discovery, bravery, friendship and hope. You can find them here: http://kck.st/1nfh90W

They are a beautiful design made with passion and love, if you like them, please consider supporting their creation!

Cheers,

Mira

Comment by Kristy Carey on July 22, 2014 at 9:30pm

Had a big couple of weeks with my business.  Not only was I accepted as a vendor at Steamposium in Seattle, but I'm also running a sale in my etsy shop.  ^^

Vintage Fusion Jewels  20th - 30th, JULYXMAS will save you 25% off all orders.  ^^

Comment by Mark Eliot Schwabe on June 19, 2014 at 8:13am

Steelhips - thank you for your kind words.

Composition seems to be your strong suite - various design elements seamlessly working together as a unit.  If I had to choose between detail & composition - I would choose composition - all in all, the most important element in any design.

Comment by Michelle Murray on June 19, 2014 at 8:04am

I love your work Mark - the detail is just incredible.  I aim for your level of intricacy. Thank you!

Comment by Mark Eliot Schwabe on June 19, 2014 at 7:33am

Saturns Key is beautiful.  Well done.

Here is my latest brooch: www.etsy.com/listing/190104252/sleek-steampunk-airship-brooch-pin 

Comment by Danni Lynn McDonald on June 19, 2014 at 7:24am

Well I will have to look at it then! and that is a good problem- high demand!

 

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