A visual representation of "City" by Louise Ho
FU Wai Yan
Sha Tin Government Secondary School
I chose Louise Ho’s poem “City” and created this artwork with acrylic and markers.
I used the form and style of comics to present my idea.
The first few grids on top of my artwork are based on the line
“the bronze gauze of a Hong Kong December dusk” and the man who opens his palm in the poem.
The bottom part portrays the “lanes of traffic”,
“a maze of criss-crossing feet” and “the street-sleeper with his island home and the public lavatory”.
The man on the right is an image without colours,
which may be seen as the street-sleeper or the man entirely unto himself in the poem.
I try to present a snapshot of Mongkok, which is set as the scene in my artwork.
No fingers claw at the bronze gauze
Of a Hong Kong December dusk,
Only a maze of criss-crossing feet
That enmeshes the city
In a merciless grid.
Between many lanes
Of traffic, the street-sleeper
Carves out his island home.
Or under the thundering fly-over,
Another makes his own peace of mind.
Under the staircase,
By the public lavatory,
A man entirely unto himself
Lifts his hand
And opens his palm.
Do not rend the air,
They merely touch
As pain does, effortlessly.
“City” was published in Incense Tree: Collected Poems of Louise Ho by Louise Ho, p.45. Copyrights © 2009 by Hong Kong University Press.