ART | Poetry      

Artists and poets meet on the last Saturday of each month (from 4pm-6pm)  for CONVERSATION with EACH OTHER about ART and POETRY.

Next meeting is on Saturday, January 27th, from 4pm-6pm (WINTER WEATHER PERMITTING) 

Special quest: LIDIA ROZMUS  

The impact of Japanese aesthetics on the work and life of Georgia O’Keeffe, and her art as an inspiration for haiku poets.

While Georgia O’Keeffe is not known to have composed haiku, she certainly knew of them. Japanese aesthetics infused her work from the outset, and its evidence can be found not only in her paintings but in her studio and living spaces.  

Lidia Rozmus presents a series of O’Keeffe paintings, each paired with a haiku poems inspired by O’Keeffe’s visible connection to nature through color, forms and rhythms. 

Painting by Georgia O’Keeffe (“Pelvis IV”) and haiku poem by Charles Trumbull, A Five-Balloon Morning  (2013)

pale moon

through the pelvis of a mule

desert quietude

Lidia Rozmus was born in Poland and studied at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, where she received a master’s degree in the history of art. In 1980 she made her home in the United States. She works as a graphic designer, paints sumi-e and oils, and writes haiku. She has written and designed several portfolios and books of haiku, haibun, and haiga, including Sumi-e and Haiku (Haiku Society of America Merit Book Award for Design – 1996); Twenty Views from Mole Hill (1999); My Journey (Haiku Society of America Merit Book Award 2004 Honorable Mention for Haibun); Hailstones, Haiku by Taneda Santôka (2006),  The Moss at Tokeiji (Haiku Society of America Merit Book Award 2011 Honorable Mention for Best Anthology), In silence  静けさに w ciszy – haiga and The Republic of Mole Hill. Her paintings have been exhibited and her haiku published in the U.S., Japan, Australia, and Poland. Lidia is art editor of the journals Modern Haiku and Mayfly and art director at Deep North Press.


Poems inspired by paintings, photographs, or sculptures will be a part of ongoing Saturday afternoon meetings with poet and art historian – Aleksander Najda.

At the foundation of Ekphrasis lies the belief that unique works of art should be approached with uncommon tools of equally expressive power. Many writers have drawn on this power of seeing and we’ll explore as many as possible: Miłosz, St. John Perse, Seferis, Charles Wright, Strand, Bachmann, O’Hara, Zbigniew Herbert, Homer, Katullus, Pindar, Rilke, Auden, Zagajewski, Cavafy, Walcott, and many more… including our own inspirations, whether in poetry or art.

Aleksander Najda is a poet and art historian. He earned his doctoral degree by writing a breakthrough dissertation Apocalypse according to Wasyl Kandinsky. His poetry is almost exclusively focused on ekphrasis providing a unique insight into the inner world of visual arts and music.

Poem by Aleksander Najda:

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