Sketchy & loose, growing visual metaphor

How do you transform word to visual metaphor?
There is always the risk of being too literal, too
medical illustration-like. Yet, I have to start
somewhere and my sketchy lines are beginning
to sow the seeds.

Sketchy and loose, here is a start to what will
be the illustrated centers of many bowls based on  
Litany, another of LouAnn Muhm's textural
incantation poems loaded with metaphor.
I shared these sketches with my students
recently, since they are working on illustrating
metaphors from song lyrics.

from our husks

reveal what is fulcrum

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