The first poem is ‘Void 1’ 1995 and the second is ‘Mexico’ 2009. The words of ‘Void 1’ are set against the reflection of the morning sun amongst the lotuses on the West Lake at Hangzhou in China. Those of ‘Mexico’ are combined with an image of a huge, savage figure from the ancient site of Tula in Mexico.
Michael Lyons uses poetry as a way of directly responding to experiences and feelings, in a similar way to which he uses drawing and photography. On other occasions he brings disparate images together in new and unexpected configurations, the results of which can feed directly into his sculpture or stand as poetic expressions in their own right.