Stirred: Frida’s Diary
Tell your day in a collage with words and pictures like Frida and if you want make that into a further poem. Stick in fragments of conversations, magazine images, adverts, your own inner thoughts and doodle, paint, sketch away.
Translated Extract from Frida’s diary, original words in image:
as if wrapping my whole
being in an anxious wait
for the morning. I notice that I’m
with you. At that instant
still full of sensations,
my hands are sunk in oranges, and my body
feels surrounded by your
Here are some notes from Carlos Fuentes, going into Frida’s use of images in depth:
Janus, god of the new year, is usually pictured looking forwards and backwards. What s/he sees in the past, on the left-hand page, is a strong proud, imposing profile of a woman-Kahlo as a figurehead on a Roman coin. But when Janus (and Kahlo) gaze into the right, into the future, they foresee disaster. The figure of Kahlo, looking like a marionette with disjointed limbs, teeters atop a classical column. Parts of her fall away-an eye and a hand-both used to make art. Above the precariously balanced figure Kahlo writes ‘I am disintegration’. (p41)
Look forward to hearing your entries at Stirred on Monday 26th May. Tweet us a picture if using images @StirredPoetry #stirredfrida.