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Ekphrastacy: Independent Together: “Mementos of a Lost World”

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Mementos of a Lost World

by Doc Janning


Untitled 1 – 9

by Patti Fields


Greetings fellow sentiences

in these scant and meager sentences

we aspire, we hope, we elucidiate

so you may come to appreciate,

what explorers late have found

on the third world circling around

a doomed start for which nova is near.

An ill-fated planet who signals we did hear

but who sentiences no longer exist

though their signals do persist.


Unknown One through Nine

seem random scattered without line.

Strewn about upon this wall

as they were found by chance to fall,

each unique unto itself

therefore placed on separate shelf.


These artifacts all they found

though ruins on the planet did abound.

What their function we cannot know

as they left no records we can show.

The manufacture, the art is plain to see

but of unknown sentient entity.

When and how, and why, these were made

we can but guess, we are afraid.

Now sealed in glass and on display

perhaps we’ll understand one day.


Patti Fields and Ray Juaire, Artists: Sculptors Patti Fields and Ray Juaire often transform a variety of media to create artwork that, at times, symbolizes their professional and personal relationship and explores issues of place and memory. Their work can be singular or done in small series that play with balance, utilizing dynamic forms, conceptual narratives, and a re-imagined history of the objects they incorporate in each of their pieces. They suggest new histories in the combinations of fabricated and found objects and work to create metaphors for the nucleus of human, scientific, and metaphysical relationships. For the first time, the couple is showing a few solo works together, carving out new territory.


Doc Janning, Poet: Doc Janning, Inaugural Poet Laureate of South Euclid, Ohio, is a poet, author, educator, longtime Scout Leader, and retired Podiatrist. He has created Ekphrastic Poetry for Heights Arts in Cleveland Heights, OH, and for Cleveland Photo Fest. He has been a Writer-in-the-Window at Appletree Books for National Novel Writers’ Month.

He is Creator/Moderator of Second Sunday Poets, a poetry open mic sponsored by the William N. Skirball Writers’ Center at the South Euclid – Lyndhurst Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, which has published some of his work.

Doc’s favorite quote is by the late Rod McKuen: “It doesn’t matter who you love or how you love, but that you love.”


Please enjoy this video for Ekphrastacy October 2020 in Response to Independent Together: 30 Years of Collaboration:


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