I was browsing Iris Ophelia‘s Flickr stream — always engaging, because Iris has an incredible eye for photography as well as mad skillz with Photoshop — and noticed the individual pages for her self-published in-world poetry magazine, CO•MA.

Iris’s blog is high on my blogroll for her engaging and authentic voice, love for classical literature, as well as for the beauty of images that invariably appear there, while her posts on fashion for NWN underline her wonderful sensibility.

I was therefore aware of the existence of CO•MA, but I’d just filed it in the back of my mind for another time — I tend to do that with things that intimidate me. (Yes, poetry intimidates me, I admit it.) But these pages made me kick myself for waiting so long…

From CO-MA 1

CO•MA 1 is dedicated to Robert Browning’s dark “Porphyria’s Lover” (first two images), while the recently-released CO•MA 2 portrays Thomas Hardy’s “The Darkling Thrush” (second pair of images). Even though the images are copyrighted, I will invoke fair use (and hopefully encourage the use of Creative Commons licensing on her Flickr stream to Iris😉 ) to show a few images to pique your interest:

From CO-MA 1

I love Iris’s idea of taking classic poetry, and interpreting it in SL via photography and photomanipulation. It’s such an effective technique to make verse that might be intimidating to a novice (such as myself) a bit more approachable.

From CO-MA 2

I also adore her use of contrasting fonts and imagery from page to page, which highlights the tension of the verse even as it illustrates the narrative of the poetry.

From CO-MA 2

Thank you, Iris, for this labor of love that is so inspiring.