Artist’s Statement: When I first published Haiku while in college, imagism was an influential artistic philosophy. Imagism is a more primitive form of knowledge than linguistic constructions. It is close to sensory exploration of the world. I strive to convey moods, experiences, and scenes through descriptives with a minimum of language syntax. I try never to use like or as; to employ them would be a confession that I could not provide a sufficiently detailed concrete description that the reader could by herself distinguish and compare the referenced objects. Imagism is not simply a representational philosophy of art, not a mirror of the world, for symbols and symbolic meaning are in the world and experienced through behavioral association prior to linguistic construction of meaning. With these artistic commitments, it was a natural step for me to produce videopoetry, using film – visual images of scene and act, sound effects, and music – to create a powerful poetic experience in the viewer. The haiku videopoem, “No Name No Verb,” is my artistic philosophy in action.
About The Author
Ron Tobey grew up in north New Hampshire and attended the University of New Hampshire, Durham. He has lived in Ithaca NY, Pittsburgh PA, Riverside CA, Berkeley CA, and London UK. After a professional life in Southern California, he retired together with his wife to West Virginia, where they raise cattle and keep horses and goats. He has written poetry for personal pleasure since he was 16, publishing his first poem in an independent student journal, but only with retirement has he written poetry for publication. He assumed a pseudonym, “Turin Shroudedindoubt”, for his artistic and literary endeavors to separate them from his professional life. He writes imagist poems about moods and work drawing from his life experience. He experiments with formats to bring images to their strongest presence in the reader’s mind, including poetic storytelling, poems for two voices, spoken poetry, and video poetry. He has published in several dozen journals, including Prometheus Dreaming, Broadkill Review, The Cabinet of Heed (UK), Neuro Logical Literary Magazine (Ireland), The Light Ekphrastic, and Vaugh Street Doubles (Canada).