Suite: Phantasmagoria


A brief suite of fantasy images inspired by Philip K. Dick’s scifi novel: “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”





I’ve watched
golden Fire Clouds
hanging in pale green skies
over the azure seas of Toluras

heard the haunting call
of the coral-winged Lellurt
soaring Droon’s violet skies
over teal Darpin Bay

seen the copper leaves
of Parmus fronds
flashing from indigo mountains
in the crystal mists of Gemin

been seduced by saffron Remmors
a’swim with siren song
translucent in the amber waters
of emerald Topiarus

I have beheld exquisite beauty
of otherworldly delight
but nothing to please my eyes and ears
as you, here, tonight

• • •

rob kistner © 2008


fantasy artwork above entitled: “Time Window”
featuring elements from justin and rob kistner
final composite created by by: rob kistner © 2007

• • •



~ by Image&VerseToo on March 27, 2008.

31 Responses to “Suite: Phantasmagoria”

  1. You got me hooked there. Dick is my all time favourite Sci Fi author. I particularly like his short stories.

  2. Waht great descriptions! And love the ending!

  3. I love the title!

    creatures of eerie night

  4. This is really good poetry – I love the title too and the picture. Phew!

  5. Utterly beautiful! I have only seen the movie of the book, “Blade Runner”, bu still relate to the gorgeous images you have created!

    Especially love the final lines. They are like soft music of adoration.


  6. Love your words, but your art truly fascinates me!

  7. Anthony –

    Philip was a very probing and insightful mind. His Trilogy: VALIS, The Divine Invasion, and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer, published right near the end of his life — is a fascinating exploration of mortality, divinity, and eternity. Excellent reading, and especially poignant — given he died the year the final book of this trilogy was published.

    It is frustrating to me that, of his novels and short stories adapted for the big screen, perhaps only “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” comes close to the power of the original written work. His written words were far more gripping and moving.

    Just my opinion. 😉

  8. Linda –

    Thank you… 😉

    I was focused on creating words that felt good on the tongue and pleased the ear — that were tender and human, and at the same time, elicited mysterious images… ultimately resolving as an emotional catharsis, and expression of love.

    I’m pleased you liked it!

  9. Gautami –

    Isn’t it magical and wondrous! 😉

  10. STG –

    I’m pleased you were taken with both the verse and the image — each is a work of love, born of my spiritual self…

    I believe sci fi and fantasy novels are a fount of wholly free spiritual expression. It comes from a place within that is not at all temporal… very much the same place from where springs poetry.

  11. Gemma –

    You are always so generous… 😉 …and your comments are wonderfully poetic. Thank you!

  12. Sue –

    You are most kind… 😉

    My fantasy art begins on my Wacom electronic sketchpad, moves through Illustrator, into Photoshop replete with some fine plug-ins, and sometimes Painter as well. At times, I also include 3D elements I create in Microspot Modeler, in addition to occasional digital photography effects I create with my Nikon CoolPix.

    “Time Windows” includes several digital sketches, a 3D CAD element, digital photographic effects, and a complete Illustrator to Photoshop build and editing.

    The original of “Time Windows” is, at 300 pixels/inch, 30 inches wide and 55 inches tall — a 424.1 MB file, so the resolution and detail of this piece, viewed as the original piece at-scale, is astounding. Here it is reduced to approximately 4 inches wide by 7.5 inches tall, saved for the web at only 72 pixels/inch — so the detail you see here is extremely suppressed.

    “Time Windows” took several days of attentive, multi-media work, integration, and rework, by both my son Justin and I, to get right.

  13. I especially liked your ending

  14. My Backyard –

    I’m pleased — thank you… 😉

  15. How utterly beautiful! It communicates so well the sense of wonder.

  16. The ending takes your breath away. Lovely!

  17. Granny –

    Thank you so much… 😉

    You are most kind!

  18. TexasBlu –

    I appreciate your kind words… 😉

  19. Loved the whole piece, very descriptive and colourful. But it was the ending that did it for me.

  20. Rob,
    A bird in hand beats all the stars in the firmament. 😉

  21. Awww. I loved the ending. The entire poem is beautiful, but the ending really got me.

  22. exceptional


  23. Wonderful imagery – both in word and illustration.

  24. Jon –

    Thank you… pleased you liked the ending. 😉

  25. Rel –

    Amen, my brother… 😉

  26. Forgetful –

    I appreciate your kind words… 😉

  27. WDS –

    Thank you… 😉

  28. Tinker –

    You are most gracious… 😉

  29. Am yet to decide which was better….the image is so lovely and your poetry is amazing. I love the way you have with words.

  30. you are such a romantic…it is evident in much of your work. I loved this.

  31. This was so elegantly written and such a beautiful homage to whomever you wrote it for!! Passion and wisdom comes through your words – great post! thank you.

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