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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

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Comment by Crawdadslim on December 26, 2011 at 1:19pm

Just unloaded a kiln, and had managed to squeek these into it.  The compass stiens are a regular item I make, but I am trying to source some small brass compasses.   The tall straws are for drinking, but the cups make cool vases as well.  The next batches will be a little dryer glaze, with more emphasis on mechanism, possibly some valves sculpted on.  Not sure how many people here do pottery, but I am having fun with these.       

Comment by The Time Traveler's Boyfriend on December 9, 2011 at 9:03am

EXHIBIT | Harry Enchin - Toronto Transformed

My new friends - I came across this exhibit and was immediately drawn to it as an interesting idea of mixing times in one photograph: http://www.akimbo.ca/exhibitions/?id=35333

Although the idea was rather inspiring, and technically the artists did well; I found however, he was locked into the compositions of the photographs by the original historic images. Every-day Victorians, and Edwardians, took photographs in certain ways that from the 2011-eye seems stiff and plain. Furthermore digital images merged with a Victorian or Edwardian composition, lack the charm of the aging process, e.g., the physical scratches, and the people of long ago and how different their lives seem to us now.

I think the idea merits more attempts, and artist applauded for the idea, execution and technique developed in the creation process.

The following is a description of the exhibit from the Society of Toronto architects:
In Toronto Transformed, Harry Enchin juxtaposes spontaneous photographs from 2008-2011 with record images from the City of Toronto Archives. Just as the 'old' images were originally captured with the photographic tools of the day, the current or 'new' images were captured with a digital camera. The combined photographs retain perspective, with reference points of old and new structures, establishments and roads.

Comment by Captain Dave; master of the bear on November 26, 2011 at 8:44am

a few new rojects

Comment by Muad'Dib on November 21, 2011 at 3:51pm

I need some steampunk eyes that are not too menacing drawn for me to glue to my goggles (or decoupage). I sadly cannot pay, however, I am fairly good at writing (So if you need a poem for a loved one, or help with an essay) I will gladly help with that. Contact me for more details please!

Comment by Johnathan Brown on November 19, 2011 at 6:35am

From the Grand Bohemian

Greetings fellow steampunk writers.

 Those who are around my age being 51 or somewhere around that may remember a Musical group called Klattu. This group was a very steampunkie group with a lot of great and strange songs. One of the places mentioned in the songs was a place called Politzania, a noble place that came to a bad end. I have been in contact with terry Draper one of the founders and writers of the band and he has given me permission to use Politzania for a book basis. I would like each and every one of you if you can to visit my site and write a story and base it in Politzania. When we are complete everyone will get credit. This is a fun project and I want you all to be involved in it. This goes for illustrators also.

The site is http://www.thesteampunkempire.com/group/politzania?xg_source=activity

Thanks for the consideration

GB

Comment by Lady Kendra Dawn Ryves on November 11, 2011 at 9:25am

That sounds excellent!

Comment by Madame Ximon on November 11, 2011 at 2:57am

TempleCon, the Retro-Futurist convention that I co-organize in Warwick, Rhode Island each February is hosting a Retro-Futurist Art Show with the theme of "Apocalypse!" and since we are currently welcoming artist submissions for this juried show, of course I thought that my fellow artists of the Empire would be interested!

For details on the show and how to apply, please visit our webpage here.

We have already had submissions come in from some incredibly talented artists, but I am confident that the artists of the Empire can out-do them!  ;)

Comment by Professor Argon Bats on November 5, 2011 at 2:38pm
Oh, what wonderful photographs!
Comment by David J Harmon on November 1, 2011 at 11:56pm
I hope I fit in here with this group!
Comment by Jaylee A. Faulkes on October 13, 2011 at 5:20pm
A popular book blogger and I are hosting a Steampunk Haiku contest on her blog! Entrants keep the copyrights, the winner will get a handmade pin from me, and other goodies from Rikki!
Please come and enter, the judging is done by the readers, and I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

http://www.rikkidonovan.com/index.php/steampunk-challenge-2/steampu...
 

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