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Inn Situ: Feast (Henry Smith)

Posted in ASCII Text Art, calligrams, concrete poetry, Creative Writing, Inn Situ Chronicles, Inn Situ Volume One, pattern poetry, poems, poetry, Sedona Arizona, shape poems, typography, visual poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2013 by ecko

Feast

“Feast” Copyright © 2013 John Ecko. All rights reserved.

Here is my third piece from the Inn Situ Chronicles visual series centered around an odd young man named Henry “Helium” Smith who’s first introduced in a story titled “Wind’s Child” featured in Inn Situ Volume One.

After a tragic incident involving a tornado that kills his parents, Henry, just a small boy at the time, becomes a media sensation when he is discovered roaming Oak Creek Canyon, miles away from the location of the incident. Some believe the tornado swept him clear across the wilderness while others say he was abducted and later released near Oak Creek. As he grows older, Henry is often found in areas where strange events have occurred and he is the subject of many stories told by both locals in and around Sedona as well as the local Indian tribes in the area.

As a result of his trauma, Henry develops an uncanny phobia that’s convinced him that if he’s not tethered to heavy object while outdoors, he will simply float away into the sky. His condition makes him the target of much abuse by mean-spirited locals who have dubbed him “Helium”.

At one point in his story, Henry is taken up on the back side of Cathedral Rock and chained to an old Juniper tree on the edge of a precipice overlooking a dark chasm where he’s left to confront his worst fear- the night sky. This visual poem is directly inspired by that event. Henry appears in both Inn Situ Volume One and Volume Two (already in progress).

For more information about the Inn Situ project and to preview some of the stories please visit the Inn Situ main site at:

http://innsitu.michaelraymond.me/

Your encouragement and support for these tales by way of comments over there is greatly appreciated and will help us gain ground when seeking publication.

ecko.

Inn Situ: Let it Ride (Reflections of Eddie Crenshaw)

Posted in ASCII Text Art, calligrams, concrete poetry, Inn Situ Chronicles, Inn Situ Volume One, poetry, Sedona Arizona, shape poems, typography, visual poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2013 by ecko

Let it Ride

“Let it Ride” Copyright © 2013 John Ecko. All rights reserved.

Here is my second piece from the Inn Situ Chronicles visual series centered around a character named Eddie Crenshaw from Michael’s story, “You, Me and James Dean”. This piece takes another look at Eddie and is directly influenced by Michael’s story. Michael does a great job of describing Eddie here:

“Allow me to paint a visual picture of Eddie for you. Eddie stands about 5’5″ and is perpetually dressed in a menacing scowl framed by a black leather coat replete with zippers, straps and buckles in excess. He likes his music loud, fast and chock full of screaming guitars competing with screaming vocals. His conversation is what my grandfather might have called “colorful” and my mother… well, let’s just say that my mother never approved would have never approved of Eddie.

Eddie’s story, You, Me & James Dean, appears relatively early on in Volume I, in a section designated as L’Chayim: To Life! A character in Eddie’s story, whom I named only as Brenda, makes her own starring appearance in Scott’s two part story The Road Has Spoken featuring Brenda Alvarez, a young girl from Ohio in search of a new life. As is often the case, Brenda gets sidetracked on the road to discovering her new self. She and Eddie lived together briefly until Eddie passed on in a freak accident, forcing Brenda to move on.”

For more information about the Inn Situ project and to preview some of the stories please visit the Inn Situ main site at:

http://innsitu.michaelraymond.me/

Your encouragement and support for these tales by way of comments over there is greatly appreciated and will help us gain ground when seeking publication.

ecko.

Inn Situ: Demon on Watch (Reflections of Kenny Marano)

Posted in art, ASCII Text Art, calligrams, concrete poetry, Creative Writing, Inn Situ Chronicles, Inn Situ Volume One, pattern poetry, poems, poetry, Sedona Arizona, shape poems, short story collection, typography, Uncategorized, visual poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2013 by ecko

Demon on Watch

“Demon on Watch” Copyright © 2013 John Ecko. All rights reserved.

Here is my first work from the Inn Situ Chronicles visual series. This piece takes a secondary look into the character of Kenny Marano, a Sedona police officer who is involved in an unfortunate incident involving the death of a kid while on patrol one night that changes his life forever. As a result of the death, Kenny becomes a regular nightly fixture in a shadowy corner of the Inn Situ. Kenny first appears in the story “Long Slow Train” written by Michael Raymond and is one of many stories slated for Inn Situ Volume One, nearing the end of the editing phase. This visual is directly inspired by Michael’s story.

For more information about the Inn Situ project and to preview some of the stories please visit the Inn Situ main site at:

http://innsitu.michaelraymond.me/

Your encouragement and support for these tales by way of comments over there is greatly appreciated and will help us gain ground when seeking publication.

ecko.

Inn Situ Volume One

Posted in Creative Writing, Inn Situ Chronicles, Inn Situ Volume One, Sedona Arizona, short story collection, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 18, 2012 by ecko

Cathedral Rock by Tomas Castelazo

This is Cathedral Rock located in Sedona, Arizona.  Photograph by Tomas Castelazo

My apologies for my absence and lack of new visuals.  I’ve been neck deep in a couple other projects.  One being, the Inn Situ Chronicles, a collaborative collection of stories centered around a bar called the Inn Situ and the surrounding areas of Sedona, Arizona.  This is a wonderful collection of stories first envisioned by author, Michael Raymond, who set the stage masterfully as the world of Inn Situ came to life.  I later joined this project and together we’ve been exploring the mysteries of Sedona and coming to know the numerous characters that have frequented the Inn Situ bar as a sort of crossroads.  We are currently in the final editing stages of Inn Situ Volume One and Volume Two is well underway.  I encourage you visit Michael’s webpage for a more in depth look at Inn Situ and the tales which reside there.

I have already been given the green light to come up with a series of visuals for Inn Situ and I will be sharing them as they become available.

In the meantime, please come explore Inn Situ and find out what it’s all about.  There are sample stories already posted. 

 I encourage you to leave your comments over there and add your support to this project.

 Thanks,

ecko.  

Inn Situ Link listed below:

http://innsitu.michaelraymond.me/