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“Semblance” (Bailey & Becker)

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What inspires you in this poem? Artist Bailey Bob Bailey: I’ve been dealing a lot lately with my aging father and dog, the poem felt like a television episode I’d been living. Did either visual artist refract any element of the poem that made you see the poem differently? Poet Robin Becker: Bailey used repeating design elements in a way I hadn’t envisioned! And then, by doubling the image and turning it upside down, he emphasized a sense of fracture within wholeness.

Artist Bailey Bob Bailey recently had a survey exhibition at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum titled CAVE ORE BRIDGE. Bailey is represented by Ethan Cohan Gallery in NYC. Poet Robin Becker‘s newest collection of poems is The Black Bear Inside Me, forthcoming in March, 2018. It includes this poem.

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“Semblance” (Page & Becker)

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When you began this piece, was it color, shape, or some other aspect that you followed? Did that change? Artist Kara Page: I wanted to use warm colors when I read this poem. I think of warm colors as welcoming, but there is another side to them that reflects more intense emotion, like anger or passion. Did either visual artist refract any element of the poem that made you see the poem differently? Poet Robin Becker: By choosing red as the dominant color, Page emphasized the “blood” connection between dogs and people.

Artist Kara Page is a multi-media artist living in Minnesota. Poet Robin Becker‘s newest collection of poems is The Black Bear Inside Me, forthcoming in March, 2018. It includes this poem.

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