Ripples from the Center

Sharing a Little Poetry, Art, Beauty & Heart

a little wit, wisdom & whimsy to enlighten you on your way...

Copyright 2012. Original poetry, art, writing & photography by Julie SuZaNNe BröKKeN

Monday, August 29, 2011

In the premiere issue of the new zine, ARTISTICA

Bathing Rabbits

Sometimes in my sleep
I walk       up to the dark house
knock on the thick door
ask if shadow can come out to play

It’s a risky endeavor           
akin to bathing rabbits
in a bathroom sink
without reinforced gloves       or a tin suit

A thrashing fever of fingers & fur
all tooth claw nail       tattered ears           
a fury and flurry of wild pink water
blood rising & screams curdling & soap

I dare you to take your free hand       if you have one left
light a candle near the wall
bring thumb forefinger together just so
make two bunny ears with the other three

Listen to what this silent rabbit has to say       laughing
as you articulate thumb & forefinger
it wants to teach you the wisdom of play
playing in the dark with your shadow puppets

I’m very happy to say that we will be including your work, “Bathing Rabbits” in the premiere issue of Artistica!   The first issue will be available on September 1st, 2011 and I am very proud of the work in this first issue. We have had a great response and the buzz is already building! I’m sure this will only be the beginning of a tremendous journey, so I thank you for coming along for the ride!

Artistica is a new ‘zine that has two missions – to highlight the amazing artists living in our community through community building; bringing artists, poets and writers together and to do so by having fun. Artistica is a playful little ‘zine with as much for love for craft as we have for bad puns. You can expect quirkiness, but you can also expect quality.

Zachary Kluckman
Spoken Word Editor - The Pedestal Magazine
Associate Editor - The Journal of Truth and Consequence
Albuquerque Slam Poet Laureate Program Director

Monday, August 22, 2011

Clothesline Assemblage

This little piece was pure magic! Observing my friend, Sarah Hessinger's, beautiful outdoor art installation of white sheets on a clothesline flowing in the breeze (at the Artists Studio at The Farm at South Mountain in Phoenix) I walked the grounds and found the primary elements... the clothespin, unlike the ones Sarah was using, the piece of rusty metal (the bodice) the twig, and the rusty wire with screw eyes... all just waiting to be made into a little piece to honor Sarah's work!  I would be inspired a year later to create a complimentary installation using tea towels as prayer flags.    

Monday, August 15, 2011

HORACE'S PITCHFORK: Assemblage Installation @ 5G Gallery, Factory on 5th, Albuquerque, NM

"You can drive nature out with a pitchfork, 
but she will always hurry back" 
~ Horace, 65 BC - 8 BC


I carved the little bird bodies out of bass wood...

 used found pieces of wood for their wings...

and bent rusty found wire for their heads and 'springs'.

Inspires my 6 word memoir:
"Farm girl sprouts artist-poet wings!"
Go to to write and record your own!


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