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The Artistry of Andrew
by Jeannie E. Roberts

it’s the way the moon smiles
or is it the sun that beams
above the strong stance
of zebra striped and stippled
atop blades of grass
it’s the way white rouses
black and black answers
back with spatial distinction
it’s the way it breathes with
ready line and the freewheeling
design of a child’s hand
it’s the way her heart holds
a magic place a sacred space
for her son and his first-grade
painting

AUTHOR’S PHOTO CAPTION: My son’s first-grade painting (Altoona, Wisconsin,  January  2001).

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: My prized possessions have always included my son’s artwork. I have several of Andrew’s paintings framed and displayed on the wall, and I treasure them like jewels. They bring me hope, joy, and comfort. As a former art teacher, I’ve always been fascinated with the symbolism of shapes and the vocabulary of images a young child creates. Children’s art offers a wonderful glimpse into their development and imagination, as well as their curiosity about the world.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jeannie E. Roberts writes, draws and paints, and often photographs her natural surroundings. Her fourth book, Romp and Ceremony, a full-length poetry collection, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. She is the author of Beyond Bulrush, a full-length poetry collection (Lit Fest Press, 2015), Nature of it All, a poetry chapbook (Finishing Line Press, 2013), and the author and illustrator of Let’s Make Faces!, a children’s book (2009). An award-winning poet, her poems appear in online magazines, print journals, and anthologies. She holds a bachelor of science degree in secondary education and a master of arts degree in arts and cultural management. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jeannie lives in Wisconsin’s Chippewa Valley area.  Learn more about her at www.jrcreative.biz.