Wednesday, November 4, 2009

On the Other Hand

Handbook: journey on...


A glimpse of me, sheathed in armor
Lock or key, take your choice.
An offer made is now rescinded
Break the silence, hear my voice.


Fragments of a dream you once had
Lost my bearings, such is life.
A deep regret comes to the surface
A shattered conscience pierced by strife.


In an instant, endings happen
No guarantee, you understand.
What's left is right, there's nothing to it
You find yourself on the other hand.





47 comments:

Curio said...

WOW! The poetry is so moving. Combined with the imagery, a perfect journey outside of myself! Thanks.

By the way, I envy you your photography skills!

lyle baxter said...

seth, the "other hand" is a great combo of picture and poetry! hooray for you! on the other hand, I have a small copy of a hand picture I think you might like. It is very small but you could use it as a model for a larger piece. I'll send it. lyle

Lynn said...

i loved the second hand and now on the other hand sings as loudly.

Art said...

Agreed with the others, the combination of word and text creates a great journey. Very nice

Bea said...

Beautiful poetry and of course wonderful work. :)Bea

Mar said...

is the poetry going in the book too?
this book is going to need to go on tour!
it must be becoming incredibly thick too!

LizNess said...

Love this -- the words, the art, the story in it. AWESOME!

Lumilyon said...

Breathtaking Seth. Very, very lovely x

JonesMoore said...

Your last few entries: beautiful work, beautiful words...

Kelly Kilmer said...

Tres Magnifique!

julie Haymaker thompson said...

Oh My!!! powerful and beautiful!!!

Lawendula said...

Great as always, charming poet! :)

Eryl Shields said...

I totally love this, and all your work.

Keli Hansen said...

this pce is so on. i'm wondering if the note under the hand is marked with the poetry...

it's really good

Karen Cole said...

I've got to HAND it to you Seth, you just keep getting better with each piece and surprising us with more talents. Writing. Wow.

You sure are "handy".

I know I stink at jokes, but I am seriously loving what you are doing.

Lisa said...

fabulous photographs revealing such exquisite details...love your accompanying poetry..it truly sings.

Debrina said...

Great photographs - they are a work of art in themselves.
Seth - you are the Renaissance man, me thinks. Poetry, art, photography, what next?

Coastcard said...

... and, Seth, are you right or left handed, I wonder? I am left handed.

MJ said...

this book is great, mr. seth. i adore the heart in "second hand"

of Marilyn Grad said...

OMG...I love this piece. The poetry is beautiful. You are indeed a renaissance man.

La Dolce Vita said...

well, Seth, thanks for the blog comment, I so appreciate it.
this is just a profoundly beautiful piece, so rich in texture and the words are so deeply heartfelt...
and .....stitches....do I see STITCHES? or are those your FAUX stitches again!!!

Jill said...

Your book continues to grow more beautiful with each new page that you create. It's story continues to fascinate me and I love that you are writing poetry to go with your post!

layers said...

I am back from my wonderful trip to Japan, loved every minute of the trip.
Am slowly getting back to the blog world. Am glad to see the recurring theme of the 'hand' in your work plus all the rich textures.

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

I can see and feel the eloquence of your process unveiling the need to be human and the need to touch one another on this plane we know as the visible. I wish I could open the page and touch you back in a gentle affirming manner. This Handbook is one of so many levels and layers and with each disclosure the communion in mind and spirit grows. Thank you for sharing the sacredness of your process and art journey. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

The poetry adds to the beauty of this latest page in your book. Each page is a stand alone work of art. I'm so in awe and would love to know where you are getting all your hand charms. They are simply stunning.

Jacky said...

I am loving your use of fabric and those wonderful cross stitches...perfect.
I love your poetry too.

Jacky xox

Marilyn said...

Seth,
What a magnificent work. Beautiful poetry!!

ArtPropelled said...

A wonderful combination of imagery and poetry!

Kim said...

I see you're enjoying working on your handbook. Love the way all these elements work together here. The textures from the fabric are wonderful additions and the stitching provides nice detail. I also like the balance the prose offers the page Seth, nicely done.

Household 6 said...

I'm absolutely fascinated...

Mixed Media Martyr said...

Beautiful!! All your posts lately have been an absolute feast for the imagination!

Chris said...

love that poem. no kidding.

your second hand post is so lush, and now this one... Fabulous. What a great work with the keyhole! so cool.

Jude said...

A beautiful mate to your "Second Hand" post below. I especially like the face through the key hole. And now what.... third hand?

alteredbits said...

wow seth -- this is phenomenal. i cannot tell you how much more and more i adore your book every time i see it.

:: elk :: said...

lost my bearings a time or two...not this beautifully!

*jean* said...

amazing work and photos....on the other hand is my favorite post....

Marit said...

I'm busy, I'm growing rapidly, but I want you to know I'm still peeping in now and then... and enjoy everything you tell and show!

Candace said...

Playing catch up here, I have to stop and just tell you I am dizzy with delight over these new works. Hands, hands, more hands and keys and keyholes and hearts and .... what are these things that they ring so true to us? I bet they mean something different to each person.
Art will out!
Glorious to see this new stuff!
Candace in Athens

Lise said...

wonderful words, thanks for this, Seth !

Lise

Ro Bruhn said...

Absolutely fabulous, this seems to be another wonderful direction added to your repertoire.

Kathy McCreedy said...

Hi Seth,
What a beautiful book project... of course, I love the rusty three dimensional pieces! I'm thinking I may need to explore the idea of making or altering my own book now!

diane said...

Oh, Seth...how beautiful! Do I recognize the hand used here? I believe I do =)
Great pieces of handiwork!
Thanks so much for sharing.......

Evangeline said...

Incredible! I can't tell you how much I am enjoying watching this project unfold. The words and images in this post are absolutely wonderful!

mansuetude said...

you find yourself on the other hand" is a great line to contemplate--plays on that phrase, of change, but in a new way! Love it.

is that your face?
you are very pretty.
.

wonderful

Leslie said...

Seth, this is stunning! And the poetry is wonderful. Your other hand is just as talented as the first one!

Gaby Bee said...

Wow Seth, this is breathtaking! I love your use of fabric and those cross stitches. You are so multi talented, seems you can do anything :)

michelle ward said...

hands down, superb work.
*claps loudly*