The Whereabouts of Jack Spratt, Jr.

Alicia Patch Oldham's avatar Alicia Patch Oldham

Alicia's entry is a VIDEO of her reciting a poem written through CHILDLIKE, NURSERY RHYME ABSURDITY. She concocted this far-fetched tale when she was only 11 years old, using a child's imagination. She hopes you recognize the whimsical nature of this poem as she penned it decades ago, then re-wrote it more recently from memory (as the only copy was lost/destroyed in a house fire). Her original inspiration came from images she saw of Tweedledee and Tweedledum (from Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There"). The poem was also inspired by a phrase she often heard spoken by her mother at the dinner table, "Finish up your plate!". She writes that when Jack Spratt, Jr., heard that expression, he took it literally and ATE THE PLATE AND ALL! Nothing was left but bits of cracked blue china! . . . [Poem excerpt: Now this tale may sound a wee bit “tall”. (Did Junior eat the plate and all??) Well – The moral of this story (Between just me and you), When your mom says: “Finish up your plate!” Be careful what you do!] . . . An example of her performance style, descriptive words, & storytelling abilities can be viewed in her 2016 ArtPrize poem/video called "Song of Missikamaa" (view at: Links to other videos will be added soon. Alicia has previously participated in ArtPrize at: God's Kitchen (2010), City View Church (2011), First United Methodist Church (2012), First United Methodist Church (2014), First United Methodist Church (2015), West Grand Neighborhood Organization (2016), and The City Water Building / Richard App Gallery (2017).

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  • Art form: Time-Based
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  • Medium: Video Poem (with framed poem)
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  • Year created: 2018
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