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Contributions by Kevin Morrow:

“This is Life”

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Collaborators’ Q&A What did you think an artist would pick up on from your poem? Poet Gabby Bates: There are so many surreal images in the poem, I had no idea which one the artist would be most inspired by. Personally, it’s the “blizzard of paper birds” that’s most visually striking to me, but I can see how using that as the artistic springboard would have been too obvious. What makes Kevin such a great artist …

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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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“Searching for Poems on Grief”

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Collaborators’ Q&A What did you think an artist would pick up on from your poem? Poet Lisa Oritz: I assumed it would be a somber piece, but I like how non-literal it is. The abstract sculptures are photographed in matter-of-fact way that I find surprising and interesting. They are not sentimental images, and I appreciate that. What inspires you in this poem? Artist Kevin Morrow: What inspires me in this poem is it’s mystery, and coolness. I immediately …

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“River Vessel”

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Collaborators’ Q&A Why did this piece of art resonate for you or seem like it would give you an avenue into writing about Japan’s earthquake and tsunami? Poet Mason Schoen: The water in this photograph, although clear, contains a venomous quality to it. I was intrigued by the ripples and reflections… the stone’s imprint of a missing Japanese sun beneath the surface. It seemed as though the picture was taken after a radioactive rainfall. It’s …

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“Aphasia” (Laux & Morrow)

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Collaborators’ Q&A What did you think an artist would pick up on from your poem? Poet Dorianne Laux: I wasn’t sure. There are so many objects in the poem: the blue pitcher, the glass of water, the pillow, the sky in the window, pink roses, the tissue box, her buttons. I guess I thought it might be one of those. And yet, it seems that Jennifer Moses saw that much less visual but maybe more evocative “dark …

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“Collective Origins” / “Ulysses/Uxoria”

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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 Kevin Morrow: This drawing like so much of my work focuses on the simple complexity of nature. If feel that it is obvious enough to say I am interested in the simple yet complex aesthetic of tree rings and patterns such as that throughout nature. This poem was written in response to Kevin Morrow’s …

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“Open”

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Collaborators’ Q&A What inspired you to “dibs” this poem? Artist Kevin Morrow: I dibsed this poem by Jericho because of its simplistic complexity. Something which is so simple is always so “open” and enduring. It opens in all of us the uncanny human ability to think, know, interpret, understand and formulate philosophies. It’s like what one of my “hero’s” Woody Guthrie says…”any fool can get complicated, but it takes genius to attain simplicity.” As well I …

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