Too Far Away

The poem – Aphonic Awards for Awkwardness – inspired the illustrator. This pairing by Colin and Chris expresses the futility of longing.

Poem by Colin James
Artwork by Chris James
The Aphonic Awards For Awkwardness

                                    Say it isn’t so somehow.

                                    They sat us too far away,

                                    your orange hair barely visible

                                    in what I perceived to be

                                    a floating haze of cigar smoke.

                                    When it was your turn to speak

                                    with a northern accent

                                    on each numeral thank-ye,

                                    you postured dramatically instead.

                                    Out to sea again, instinctually.

About the Poet

Colin James has a couple of chapbooks of poetry published. Dreams Of The Really Annoying from Writing Knights Press and A Thoroughness Not Deprived of Absurdity from Piski’s Porch Press. He also has a full collection of poems, Resisting Probability, from Sagging Meniscus Press

About the Artist

Chris is a graphic designer and visual artist who resides in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.  He enjoys living a mostly hermitic lifestyle with his family while striving to perfect a range of visual art techniques, honing his culinary skills, and chasing the heels of technological advancements.  His current interests include 3D design, animation, AI technology, and puppet making at the behest of his oldest child.

3 responses to “Too Far Away”

  1. Nathan keller Avatar
    Nathan keller

    Chris you are happily enough stealing my thunder. The style of the early Macdraw programs was a distinct thing. When I get around to it and you already there lend itself to Appalooza funk does it not. I wonder how you got it rolling. But be it said. Reckon I might run off in that “dingbats” 64 bit direction.

    1. Chris Avatar

      Yes! I love this comment. You do you, I say. There’s no toe steppin’. That’s the beauty of art, there’s no limitations; just make whatever you feel inspired to in the moment, whether that’s with scissors and a magazine or a 1984 Macintosh. It’s all good either way. I love your 64 bit dingbat idea. Dig in bro!

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