For this module we have been assigned to create a Fanzine of our own. Beginning our research from a song, poem, story, image etc, and to create a visiual zine made from illustration or photography. I decided to begin my research on a poem called ‘the hand that signed the paper’ by Dylan Thomas. I chose this poem as it tells a story with a meaning to each line, which I think could be very interesting to explore and create my own take on it using the mixed media of drawing and photography. Hopefully this gives me the chance to expand my photography and drawing capabilities.
‘The hand that signed the paper felled a city;
Five sovereign fingers taxed the breath,
Doubled the globe of dead and halved a country;
These five kings did a king to death.
The mighty hand leads to a sloping shoulder,
The fingers’ joints are cramped with chalk;
A goose’s quill has put an end to murder
That put an end to talk.
The hand that signed the treaty bred a fever,
And famine grew, and locusts came;
Great is the hand that holds dominion over
Man by a scribbled name.
The five kings count the dead but do not soften
The crusted wound nor stroke the brow;
A hand rules pity as a hand rules heaven;
Hands have no tears to flow.’