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Contributions by Bailey Bob Bailey:

“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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“Morning Pastoral”

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Collaborators’ Q&A What did you think an artist would pick up on from your poem? Poet Miller Oberman: Well, the poem is much more visually striking, in terms of its form on the page, than my work usually is, and so I thought a visual artist would probably be interested in that. I think form and function in poetry should always go together, and it’s something I strive for, but it doesn’t always come through …

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“Spring”

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Collaborators’ Q&A What did you think an artist would pick up on from your poem? Poet Chloe Honum: I expected the artist would pick up on the way emotional experience is intertwined with the natural world in the poem, which he certainly did, though in a much less obvious and more exciting way than I had imagined. What inspires you in this poem? Artist Bailey Bob Bailey: Two things really, family and rumination. I felt as …

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