It’s the first day of NaPoWriMo and I decided to launch straight in there with a piece of comics poetry. Inspired by tales of the selkies, I used material from a variety of sources: my own notebooks, the beauty section in Vogue magazine, and the folktales themselves.
Once I had gathered my written material, I got to work on the images while things were still chaotic and incomplete. I wanted the images to be an integral part of the poem rather than an accompaniment to something that already stood on its own. As a result, I found that the poem needed far less words than I had intended.
The end result – which still feels very much like a work in progress – was certainly greater than the sum of its parts. I have to agree here with Bianca Stone: ‘It’s not the poem, it’s not the drawing – it’s a new beast altogether!