For our 2018 Art & Poetry pairing, one pairing was with artist Al Weems and poet Trisha Wooldridge.
Here are the works they created!
Al Weems provided this artwork to Trisha:
In response, Trisha wrote the following poem:
Taken from my native home,
I was dragged to cold, dark, stony lands
where nights were far too long.
I was bred,
to be “hearty”
to last longer than my normally brief life,
to be fattier, beefier,
and bear more children than nature intended.
Hundreds of years,
of being pulled, too soon, from the vine
and transported miles in darkness,
might eat my tender fruit.
It is no comfort
those same sins
upon your own children.
The second half of this pairing involved Trisha giving Al a poem as a starting point. Trisha provided this poem:
This is for me,
I was up late,
with brain weasels
or cute cat videos
with nothing at all.
And I hadn’t time to shower.
And I’m already running late.
But the glossy, flimsy, shimmering
of eye-shadow, liner, mascara
maybe even lip gloss…
That’s for me.
In response, Al created this artwork:
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