Ashley Bryan & Langston Hughes
December 22, 2022
The above collage is original art from Sail Away, a 2015 children's book in which Ashley Bryan illustrated poems by Langston Hughes dealing with the theme of water. It's part of a gorgeous show at the Morgan Library & Museum, in New York, through January 22, 2023. You can also read "Long Trip" in a bigger font at at the Academy of American Poets. My friend and I had the best time at the Morgan, chit-chatting with a friendly security guard about our favorite pictures and taking several turns around the room to make sure of our choices.
The Poetry Friday roundup takes place at Irene Latham's Live Your Poem on December 23rd. Happy Holidays to all!
Oh, it must be a marvelous show to see! I love the idea of the ocean as "a wilderness of waves" and Bryan's art includes a myriad of gorgeous images. Thanks for sharing part of your time there.
Posted by: Linda Baie | December 22, 2022 at 11:55 PM
It's a wonderful show! Bryan's art is so beautiful; I enjoyed seeing its intricacies. He gives a fitting visual context for the Hughes work.
Posted by: Susan | December 23, 2022 at 12:03 AM
I love that book! I got an old, weeded and icky copy at a library sale and have used the collage in that book as inspiration and more in my crafting hobby. I would love to see that show! Thanks for sharing a bit with us.
Posted by: Linda Mitchell | December 23, 2022 at 06:57 AM
Oooh, wish I could insta-travel to this show! I love what Ashley created, inspired by Langston's water-worlds. Thank you!
Posted by: Irene Latham | December 23, 2022 at 08:48 AM
What a fun exhibit! And thank you for sharing the poems!
Posted by: PATRICIA J FRANZ | December 23, 2022 at 09:47 AM
Linda, lucky you to have the book! I almost bought it on the way out, and am now sorry that I didn't. Since you like collage, do look online at the Ashley Bryan originals. My friend & I were in awe.
Irene, it's a wonderful show. I'll probably go back. And buy the book, for one thing!
You're welcome, Patricia. Thanks for stopping by!
Posted by: Susan | December 23, 2022 at 10:23 AM
What a fantastic combination -- Bryan and Hughes! I can see why Linda M. uses the book as a mentor text for her collaging!
Posted by: Mary Lee | December 23, 2022 at 03:10 PM
I love the Morgan, such a fun and intriguing small museum, the library with all its books is special. I was there with my daughter and husband just before the pandemic and accidentally walked off with my coat check tag… guess that means I want to returns. Looks like a wonderfully rich exhibit–as is this piece and poem–a perfect paring Ashley Bryan and Langston Hughes! Thanks for sharing it Susan, Happy Holidays!
Posted by: Michelle Kogan | December 23, 2022 at 04:31 PM
Yes, me, too, Mary Lee. It made me want to try collage, though I fear a Cake Wreck kind of outcome.
Michelle, the Morgan has become a favorite of mine the last few years. And, see, you'll have to return with your coat check tag! ):
Posted by: Susan | December 23, 2022 at 06:31 PM
Oh, what an exhibit that must be! Thanks for this.
Posted by: Karen Edmisten | December 29, 2022 at 10:46 AM