This poem broadside is inspired by Not Another Elegy by poet Arthur Kayzakian (bio below). This poem illustrates the series of eclectic metaphors of a wide range of people trying and searching to find their version of hope in different places. The poster design is inspired by a specific part of the poem that talks about how even though he has a two-story house with a green lawn, the only true homeland to him is the voice of his mother. The photo in the poster is a photoshopped version of several different images that illustrate the hope the ignites the son of the deceased mother. Although he has material possessions, his only try homeland is the voice of his mother, that is why the mouth of the mother image is placed at the doorstep of the house he is encased in. The type reflects the scattered notion of searching , and the red bars imply this notion of a void, which is the driving force of searching for hope. Regardless of how many material possessions you have acquired or have been given, there is a hope that lies within every human either material or substantial that drives us to keep trying and searching for our destiny.
Arthur Kayzakian was born in Tehran, Iran in 1977. He migrated to London for three years, and then moved to the United States in 1984. He received his M.A. in Creative Writing with an emphasis on poetry from California State University, Northridge. His poems have been published in the Northridge Review, Chaparral, Taproot Literary Review and Confrontation. Currently, he is an MFA candidate at San Diego State, University. As a lyric poet, Arthur turns his perception inward to reveal parts of his personal self to the physical world through his senses. He has a genuine love for house music and hip hop. When he’s not writing poetry, he’s either in a bookstore, at the movies or mashing out on video games.