Two Art/Poetry Collaborations Culminate
Over the past several months I have been taking part in two art/poetry collaborations which are both culminating in September. I was approached last fall by artist Holly Trostle Brigham about her plan for an artist book collaboration between herself, a group of poets, and book artist/pubisher Maryann L Miller. Mother Monument is a limited edition artist book housed in a monument (pictured above). Trostle Brigham painted portraits as quasi self-portraits of eight pivotal women artists throughout history and paired them with eight poets (including poet Marilyn Nelson) commissioned to pen sonnets for the works and the artists. I was paired with the Italian artist Artemisia Gentileschi. Gentileschi's biography as the victim of rape at the hands of her painting tutor plays a part in, but does not completely define, the painting and my resulting poem. The limited edition book will be on display at select museums. If you live in the Philadelphia area, you may want to attend the book launch and signing on September 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Arthur Ross Gallery in the Fisher Fine Arts Library on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. Sadly, I can't make the trip and won't be at the event but one of the poets in attendance will read my poem at the launch.
The second art/poetry collaboration is closer to home and I will be in attendance for this one. On Friday, September 21 at 5 p.m. I, and two other poets, will be reading alongside an MFA student and faculty art exhibit titled 'We Grow Accustomed to the Dark' at the Herter Art Gallery on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus. This event is part of the annual Amherst Poetry Festival. Among the poems I will read is another sonnet, written specifically for an installation piece by artist Kathryn Fanelli which in part explores chaos and centeredness through the metaphor of the sphere/dome, hives and bees. I actually wrote a sonnet crown for this one, so I may read more than one from that series. I may also read a handful of poems from a new project on place, dwelling, and what happens to human rhythms when natural rhythms become off-kilter, chaotic, and ultimately collapse. The opening reception for "We Grow Accustomed to the Dark" will take place on Sept 5 from 5-7 at the Herter Gallery. The show runs through September 23rd.
Would love to see you in Amherst and the Phili. launch is definitely worth attending. Wish I could be there....
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