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Sea House Collection - Linocut motif - Sea House


Robert J Coleman






Footsteps echo on cold terrain

All that remains

 

Illustration  Christine Maria Coleman

 

 

All Rights Reserved

Sea House Collection - Linocut motif - Arctic Tern 

 

Copyrights © 2013

 

 

 

  And the Band played on

Sea House Collection - Linocut motif - Anchor 

Poems 

Following Behind

Sound of the Sea 

Sound of the Sea - Japanese Translation

Fog Bank Clearing

Art House Collection

Energy Conference

Pristine ocean no more

The Glasshouse Stone

Heartbeat Landscape

 Loss

Screening

Blackbird Singing

Bakery

Attrition

Attrition – Chinese Translation

Attrition – Arabic Translation

Monopolistic Economic Realities

Surface

Skirmishes

jack b. nimble

Navigation

Sea House Collection - Linocut motif - Wind Blows - Vent 

Following Behind

 

But for spite redeemed

concussed on the Rue Racine

joyfully stretching snaking preening

deliberately paced a chaotic interior

slithered to meet a divide

 

Stepping stones sleeping forms

wrap concealing etiquette prevailing

aloof in manner

prompting sightings

scarcely drawing breath

deftly swept low over fields of snow and ice

tasting victuals vintage wine sheep jugged hare

hanging pendent bacon shepherd molten tallow

thus a legend plundered

ocean ranges calm Sargasso

squalls

proved to deter no more as on the monster soared

 

Following Behind

 

flying fish cay rum salt beef barrels

powder keg drums ignite

whetting rapacious appetites

and as if by way of compensation

to the bobbing tars

flew a great circle

 

cargo shifting circumnavigating

unrestrained

canon crew gimlet eyed

trained

 

island natives naked running wailing

tripping sprawling

came and went

some offered appeasement talismen

ceremoniously praised swallowed whole

 

scorched the earth

full of grace

through the mist

heeding portents do or die

bristling citadels trident spears

warheads primed

convex ellipses sneer

 

 

Following Behind

 

breathing deeply nursing wounded pride

scornful snout to sagittate

some twenty leagues

or thereabouts

twelve acre girth

ploughed

mellow

snorted in a flock of geese

absent minded

split infinities

chewing grass and trees

sneezed

 

several centuries in slumber

flaring isolated magma chambers vent

lifting high the years excrescence

farmsteads castles

tinder boxes mortar

 

preening parasitic hamlets

drank dry a river bed

uprooted an alliance

 

vouchedsafe by token virtue

in silent vigil

charnel houses smoking stacks swathed tracts

bloodhounds chase

 

 

Following Behind

 

severed arms several corpses

poor wretches

on a caprice

dispossessed

 

stalking pensive sun and moon adumbrated

arrogant

strutting writhed

improvised

flesh and sinew summoned

 

wrought a mighty wroth

drained a deluge

released a pulse

eclipsed devices.

 

 

1989

Sea House Collection - Linocut Motif - Waves 

 

Sea House Collection - Linocut motif - Shell 

 

Sound of the Sea

 

 

Stone pebbles on the beach

turn slowly to sand

and the sand turns to stone.

 

 

 

 

2011

Sea House Collection - Linocut Motif - Waves 

 

Sound of the Sea

Japanese Translation

 

海の音

 

ビーチで石の小石

ターン

ゆっくり砂へ

ターン

石へ

 

2011

Sea House Collection - Linocut Motif - Waves 

海の音

 

Sound of the Sea

ChineseTranslation

 

 

聲音 的海

 

石鵝卵石在沙灘上

慢慢轉向沙

和砂


~

2011

Sea House Collection - Linocut Motif - Waves 

聲音 的海

Sea House Collection - Linocut motif - Tree House 

Fog Bank Clearing

 

Sequoia Bee Hive Tree Top Lair

City of Angels Visionary

Team Player, Rolly from Loyola,

surveys the sprawling seascape vista.

 

"Electrons are the ultimate game changer",

he conjures a scenario,

"Grid pattern pathway dynamic potential."

 

We move on to ball park figures. 

Below, the mighty Sempervirens

sways in the breeze

and grows.




2012

Sea House Collection - Linocut Motif - Waves 

 

Sea House Collection - Linocut motif - Curlicue 

Art House Collection

 

 

Inundation, erosion, mainstream, flowing.

 

Art House recollection havens,

stewards' refrain.

 

Camouflaged, customised, restrained.

 

Seeking an edge, arm's length frenzy.

Blood, water, distance, resurgence.

Routine Establishments.

 

Playing the game.

 

2012

Sea House Collection - Linocut Motif - Waves 

Sea House Collection - Linocut motif - Justice Scales

Energy Conference

 

Rain falls

lightning strikes

wind trees whistle

lake stream rivers ripple

clouds wing by

sand pool tides dart

waves glisten

shadows listen

night fades

light shines  

                         

 2012

Sea House Collection - Linocut Motif - Waves 

 

Pristine Ocean No More

(ne plus ultra)

 

fresh mountain streams clear blue sky

aquamarine lakes and jade forests,

alive with the chatter and call of potential

waves lap, an island shore,

a marine world pounding

the smell of freshly crushed grass in the morning

 

wind rustling leaves, deciduous trees 

concise statistical analysis & data 

raising awareness among indigenous peoples

 

broadcast facilities convey messages of hope

amidst the babble

strike out for fresh deposits in suitable strata

compete for resources

here and now, the future's somebody else's

only governments, commerce & institutions

can do something about it

have you got the right qualifications 

 

 

 

Pristine Ocean No More

 

 

the poor among us 

Insulate your roof space

if you have accommodation

line pockets with abundance

sell a promise, listen to the whisper

 

grab attention by all means available

the birds are singing, the animal within us

the storyline maintains concentration

science will provide all solutions

1 + 1 equates certainty

 

who wants to be a martyr

the planet turns towards tomorrow

the engines are humming;

there's more need for power

rest easy science & technology

will provide all solutions;

they provide the means for further renewal,

they will answer the cause

no need to sweat or search for extinction

 

 

Pristine Ocean  No More

 

 

The direct & the raw, who's judging the 

value

fresh content & innovation are, it seems a 

virtue

 

I want it now at the touch of a button

 

who's listening to the still voice of 

no reason

the rise of the mountains another day 

dawning.

 

~

 

 

©rjc

2007

Sea House Collection - Linocut motif - tsunami wave 

 

 

 

 

Sea House Collection - Linocut motif - vine 

 

Shade of the Vine

 

The shade of the Vine

is fine

the light to shine through

the shade of the vine

 

το αμπέλι

 

  

19th September 1990

 

Sea House Collection - Linocut Motif - Waves

Sea House Collection - Linocut motif - skimming stone 

 

The Glasshouse Stone

Neither a borrower nor a lender be

for loan often loses both itself and friend

pump priming pliancy

dulling the edge of ecology 

Trim Sails Storm Raging

Twists Turns Squalls Skim

Pebble Thrown.

  

 2011

Sea House Collection - Linocut Motif - Waves 

Sea House Collection - Linocut motif - Compass 

Heartbeat

 

Pumping depressed compressed to the breast

expanding directed combustion persistent

screaming feeding relieving retrieving

distorted disturbed

obliterate the ground at the speed of sound

over a hilltop village eluding detection

bisecting a river

the downland an intimate whisper

undulating below

wing tip to wing tip

remote combatants

mirror image reflections

fuse

and emerge

intact.

 

1988

Sea House Collection - Linocut Motif - Waves 

 

Sea House Collection - Linocut motif - Flower Vase 

Landscape

 

Innocence is spread before; a table to eat upon

a dress paper underthings

paint innocence decorate with innocence

charm please soothe assure stay charming sweet

refined no reminder of tomorrow

the fields of summer

or once covered in winter's snow

soft quiet cool

protective

this downy landscape hidden

innocent youth 

surrenders 

age

to age

 

 

1st July 1984

Sea House Collection - Linocut Motif - Waves 

 

 

Sea House Collection - Linocut motif - oak leaves 

Loss

 

Teeth a blur biting resistant bark 

pomegranate red medullary tissue

the down cut frass close to the cut

and a gentler sprinkling at the outer arc

a solid beetle sawdust speckled iridescent

searches an escape

the upper cut swifter shout against 

the comfortable machine buzzing

mocking scream of release

direction of fall thus planned

side cut surer hands gripped

muscles taut veins showing sap pungent

an almighty shaking twisting waving

wind rustling leaves complaining

trees resisting waves dying silence

' I've laid you down he thought,  

' I've won'.

 

2nd July 1984

Sea House Collection - Linocut Motif - Waves 

Sea House Collection - Linocut motif - Crane 

Screening

 

Manipulation, synthesis, extrusion.

Armchair anchor familiar collusion.

The Shark moves forward, in numbers

declining. Red nature; tooth and claw;

restrain.

Hatched, matched, dispatched.

From fields & factory,

geese and crane migrations detain.

Davos to Dignitas

a brochure away.

 

 

 

2012

Sea House Collection - Linocut Motif - Waves 

Sea House Collection - Linocut motif - Blackbird 

 

Blackbird Singing

 

Contradiction, clarity, airport capacity,

value decisions.

Enclosure, stuff, people passing by.

 

Scrape a can 'cross the bedrock,

'tween the future & the past,

in the living years.

The story won't endure.

 

Estuarine sky, family close by.

Worst is entering.

Best in leaving the infirmary.

Restored. 

 

2012

Sea House Collection - Linocut Motif - Waves 

 

 

Sea House Collection - Linocut motif - Wheatsheaf

Bakery

 

Foreign person foreign land

plan & plan & plan & plan

dog in the distance howling, tethered

ancient lady bought a cake

in the bakery 

for tea

fumbled & fell

shadow steps forward

returns the wrap

from the ground

beyond touch

maybe a smile

no reward

free.

 

2011

Sea House Collection - Linocut Motif - Waves 

 

Sea House Collection - Linocut motif - sandstorm vortex 

 

Attrition

(bless you)

 

As desert storms

rage

battle lines

 in sand

 are blown

away

 

2010/

Sea House Collection - Linocut Motif - Waves 

 

 

 

Attrition

 Japanese Translation

 

咬耗


として
砂漠


激怒

戦い

砂の中に描

です

吹き飛ばされる

 ~

2010

Sea House Collection - Linocut Motif - Waves 

 

咬耗

 

 

Attrition

Chinese Translation

 

自然减员

祝福你

 

 
沙漠風暴
盛怒

战斗线
拔出的
在沙

都是

交口称赞

~

2010

自然减

 

 

 

Sea House Collection - Razor Wire Spike - Linocut Motif 

An unbalanced equation

(concrete & abstract)

 

Reluctant dreams turn to landfill 

why - simple questions more than we have

have to keep up might get left behind

 

Perimeter fence, floodlit, guarded, level

GNSS surveyed rolled temper-steel smooth,

loving hands

abandoned

scarred mountain hologram dimensions

 

Bitumen aggregate coach panel conveyor

warranted future delivery 

mobile shimmering surface

jack cracked green shoots disturb

matt screen cobalt grey striped

 

Hopeful snake arching

Strikes

 

 

2012

 

 

Sea House Collection - Linocut motif - message 

Monopolistic Economic Realities

 

Historic Knowledge Centres acquire strategic

pinch-point utilities; Container ports, housing,

food distribution centres, transport

and other portfolio investments,

provide income & legacy,

maintain earthly power perception, 

gilt escutcheon patina decayed.

 

Monsters lie in the mind's eye,

cloaked academic disguise, 

vine groves a quagmire bloated spires

twist & spin

an ecstatic nightmare scenario.

 

A disinterested search for truth no longer,

a knowledge based land grab ducting the rights.

 

Scan the legislation; statutes & commons, 

freedom of thought, speech & action

describe

 

2012 

 

Sea House Collection - Linocut motif - sandeal

 

Surface

 

Angela's memories turn to huts

and childhood muddy ford dreams;

Sand beneath her feet,

red carpet train,

passing the great horseman's memorial,

gravel iron age earthwork ramparts,

trading harbour sol-way spit,

glinting salt-spray calcium-carbonate stacks,

sea advancing.

Searching the waves

an Arctic Tern skims the surface

for sand eels.

 

 

~

2012

 

Sea House Collection - Linocut Motif - Waves 

 

 

Sea House Collection - Linocut motif - plankton 

Byeways

 

Out towards the estuary,

through open curtain windows,

flooding, drifting dust particle legions

reflect assembly room sunlight.

In the schoolyard,

oak stump ivy breeze glistens.

Sibelius plays the Karelia Suite intermezzo

in a cross fire hurricane

Youth club evenings tap basins

stirring water & blood,

night times fighting, trying to make a living,

nothing wrong in that

For those at the dock gates normal

Bugs hit the windscreen, bears are in town,

a bird strike might bring us down;

viruses & bacteria, a critical mass

On the highway a swirling message

written in particulates & grime;

corrupt me, if you can.

 

2010

Sea House Collection - Linocut Motif - Waves 

 

Sea House Collection - Linocut motif - rattle

Skirmishes 

 

 

Identity, brand, dream.

 

A new life begins today.

 

2011

Sea House Collection - Linocut Motif - Waves 

 

 

jack b. nimble

   

Economic wars raging

demands and commands

mechanical arms over extended

burdened

constricted

see how they struggle and founder

in the mud and the sand, gripping 

stay light

agile swift nimble

if you can

 

 

Sea House Collection - Linocut motif - stitch in time 

 

 

2011

Sea House Collection - Linocut Motif - Waves 

 

 

Navigation

 


And the band played on

drip trip ice glass solvent

screened circumvention

myriad forms

conglomerate crescendo

fossilised eyes

mining for you

those

yet to be

born. 

  

2012 

 

Sea House Collection - Linocut Motif - Waves

 

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