Vani Winick, “Aqueous,” & “Elements.”

Aqueous

by Vani Winick

©Gerry Gomez

©Gerry Gomez

I’m made of raindrops

molecules sticking together
like white rice
Merge and become one

Sometimes I feel translucent
facially radiating feelings
like boiled water heats a teacup
Steaming a liquid crescendo

If water glowed
tones of amber and honey
like warm glass
Would our bodies be lanterns?

Elements

1.

Spinning
soft clay, with pebbles
Sand

I am
teaching you to stay
centered

Grow tall beneath
my pulling fingers

Gyrating convergence
an accidental
Meditation

Forget enlightenment
light a fire instead
Spin it between your hands
and dance

2.

Compressing the lip
of a pot
prepares it
for another pull

We made ocarina flutes
on sand
Knowing they might
explode

3.

Before entering flames
One must wait
avoid thermal shock
Be patient, be slow

Thoughts flow
and burble out
The cycle is
not cylindrical

Dive into clay
With your thumbs
A pelican beak
aimed to pierce
straight down
through the surface

Bio

Vani Alana Winick is a multi-media artist who recently concentrated on photography, glass-working, ceramics and book art. Interest in writing and the environment are an integral part of her artistic process. She is currently attending Santa Barbara City College. Previously attended Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program and Rhode Island School of Design.

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