PoArt is the link between poetry and art. When a painting/drawing/work of art is composed, there is unconscious thought. The old saying that comes to mind is: “A picture is worth a thousand words”. While the process of creating art seems non verbal, there is always the aspect of “naming” the artwork, answering the inquiry of “What were you thinking when you painted this picture?” Perhaps the painting depicted a home site, a barn, a pet, a place with which we are familiar. The title easily is on the tip of our tongue. We could easily write a couple of sentences describing our work.
In instinctive, more abstract work we also can translate this into words. We had an emotion, a feeling, an intuitive thought, and when pressed a bit, we can give it a title, write a few words about the piece.
These are some examples from one of my PoArt workshop sessions dealing with “water”. I asked the participants to title the piece and write a couple sentences. I did not call it “poetry” because most people feel that is not within their reach. However, most words and expressions have a poetic component as we see here.