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Contributions by Helen Beckman Kaplan:

“Drone Confessional”

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Collaborators’ Q&A What did you think an artist would pick up on from your poem?  Poet Kim Garcia: Looking at Helen’s work I knew the broadside would be beautiful and intelligent. What surprised me is that I thought there might be more obvious fear in the image, but Helen is a much more subtle thinker and I love the way the fear in her image creeps up on me. What inspires you in this poem? …


“From a Lighthouse Keeper”

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Collaborators’ Q&A What did you think an artist would pick up on from your poem? Poet Karen Llagas: I thought the artist would initially pick up on the external landscape of the poem (ocean, lighthouse, fog). I was happy that Helen also picked up on the poem’s gesture—this voice speaking from across a big distance and giving a strange & intimate ‘advice’ or perhaps simply talking to him or herself. I wrote this poem out of disappointment …

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“Empire”

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Collaborators’ Q&A This image was created outside of the usual Broadsided “respond to writing” system—can you talk about its origins? Artist Helen Beckman Kaplan: My romantic nature usually brings me around to visiting the figure in landscape, often as an over-the-shoulder view. I am drawn to a transmogrified pastoral space, and within that space to the tangling of the relationship between physicality of paint and what is represented. This poem responds to Helen Beckman Kaplan’s art—can …

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“Mayflies”

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Collaborators’ Q&A What inspired you to “dibs” this poem? Artist Helen Beckman Kaplan: It dealt with nature and love. Did the visual artist refract any element of the poem that made you see the poem differently? Poet Roy Seeger: I think “refract” is an appropriate word to describe Helen Kaplan’s work here; it captures one instant of the mayfly’s iridescent wings, as if in amber. The collaboration better captures the moment before a physical act (whatever that …

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