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Contributions by Caleb Brown:

“The State of Deseret”

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Collaborators’ Q&A What did you think an artist would pick up on from your poem? Poet Jennifer Martelli: I thought the artist would pick up on the sharp elements that open the poem—the cacti, the snakes, etc., and obviously the bridge. What inspires you in this poem? Artist Caleb Brown: It’s a bright poem, it has sun, grit, and an evocative sense of place. I also get the feeling the protagonist crosses this desert or Deseret …

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“2013 Haiku Year-in-Review”

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Collaborators’ Q&A, Season by Season How do you think the four art/haiku combinations create a conversation about 2013? Artist Caleb Brown: To me, there were three conversations about 2013: the first was an internal dialogue to frame the breadth of the year. We wanted to present poets with a variety of evocative happenings that comprised more than one emotional color and came from different locations on the map. That process itself was enjoyable—I never knew …

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“Where bushes periodically burn, children fear other children: girls”

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Collaborators’ Q&A What did you think an artist would pick up on from your poem? Poet Camille Dungy: I probably assumed there would be some flame in the image. Possibly a girl. Perhaps a magnifying glass or a beetle. What inspires you in this poem? Artist Caleb Brown: The poem very quickly triggered memories of being an “untended” boy, burning words into logs with a magnifying glass pilfered from my classroom’s science area. I wanted to work …

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“2011 Haiku Year-in-Review”

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Collaborators’ Q&A, Season by Season Winter: Earthquake/Tsunami in Japan Once you saw the art for your season, did it cause you to see your haiku in a different light? Poet Peter Kline: I was moved by the dramatic simplicity of Kara Searcy’s design, which emphasized the individual human cost of the Japanese tsunami while also insisting on the impersonality of the destructive forces. I was surprised at how closely her vision of the tragedy matched …

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“2010 Haiku Year-in-Review”

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Collaborators’ Q&A, Season by Season Poem Subject: The earthquakes in Haiti and Chile; Art Subject: The death of J.D. Salinger Once you saw the art for your season, did it cause you to see your haiku in a different light? Poet Anastassia Cafatti Mac-Niven: No, it didn’t do any difference to my haiku. But now that I think about it, the art suits my haiku because it has something to do with death, and the haiku …

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“Snowshoe to Otter Creek”

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Collaborators’ Q&A What did you think an artist would pick up on from your poem? Poet Stacie Cassarino: a landscape that reflects the internal state of the speaker; the capture of loss What inspires you in this poem? Artist Caleb Brown: This poem just grabbed me right away, or I felt myself grabbing toward it. It has a blank, bright all-over illumination like a winter day with wan sun, and there’s a lot of space around. The …

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“Third Crescent Moon”

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Collaborators’ Q&A Did the visual artist refract any element of the poem that made you see the poem differently? Poet Leslie Chang: I was taken by Caleb’s use of Chinese characters in his piece and especially by the way he turned horse, crab, and balaclava-clad rider into a kind of ideogram, which made me view the shape of my poem differently. His choices of medium and color bring the poem’s subdued feeling to the surface. …

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“Mouth”

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Poet Robert Wrigley is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently Earthly Meditations: New and Selected Poems (Penguin, 2006). Wrigley’s awards and honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Idaho State Commission on the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He is the Director of the M.F.A. program in creative writing at the University of Idaho. “Mouth” was first published in Poetry. Artist Caleb Brown: Besides painting, Caleb likes going …

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