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Contributions by Lisa Sette:

“Pink”

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What surprised you about this collaborative piece?
Poet Terese Svoboda: I hadn’t imagined the neuron-like background, nor the tightness of the image which contributes to its intensity.
Artist Lisa Sette: The way the poem ends. Like the movement in a snake’s coil, the poem has that movement.  It moves like a snake.  It’s intense.  Because it feels like it’s still alive.

Describe the collaboration in one word.
Poet Terese Svoboda: Expanding
Artist Lisa Sette:
Spiraled

Collaborators: A recent Guggenheim Fellow, Terese Svoboda’s seventh book of poetry is Professor Harriman’s Steam Air-Ship (Eyewear). Artist Lisa Sette lives on Cape Cod.

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“My History of Lead”

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Collaborators’ Q&A What is behind your choice of this piece of art in response to Flint, Michigan’s contaminated drinking water? Artist Lisa Sette: An aerial view of a river reminded me of the earth’s veins. Why did this piece of art resonate for you or seem like it would give you an avenue into writing about Flint? Poet Jill McDonough: It was so quiet—insidious as an x-ray of bad news you can’t read. What do …

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“The Doll (A Pretend Person)” / “Mammaraq (Innuŋŋuuraq)”

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Note: This broadside is part of our annual translation special feature in which we feature two broadsides—one by a poet writing in a language indigenous to the Americas. Collaborators’ Q&A What surprised you about this collaborative piece? Poet Joan Naviyuk Kane: The visual image could be the photographic negative of topography from the air, a cell, or the detail from a larger work. Artist Lisa Sette: The poem carried me to unusual strands of memories. …

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“Ghazal 17” (English)

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Collaborators’ Q&A What is it like to see both visual responses to the poem? Translator Roger Sedarat: The texture of the original source text slowed me down and actually got me looking at the Persian a little differently. The real difference, however, proved the flaming art behind the translation. I sort of credit my own imagination around the fire Hafez reiterates as getting the job done. However, seeing the poem itself house fire does make …

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“At the Christmas Party for the Infectious Diseases”

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Collaborators’ Q&A What did you think an artist would pick up on from your poem? Poet Christina Olson: I don’t think a poem that imagines infectious diseases getting together for a holiday party should take itself too seriously, and I think that Lisa hit just the right note. It’s joyful and a little sinister. That, and I love the palate of colors: the red, and the green, and the blue. What inspires you in this poem? Artist …

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“Late”

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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 Jon Ballard: Yes, definitely the woman in the poem. Because, of course, I had my own idea of who she was and what she looked like. As I was writing the poem my own image of her shape-shifted a bit, but now the woman’s image is set in stone, so to speak. I see her as more …

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“The Car Covenant”

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Collaborators’ Q&A In what sense did the poem first present itself as a collaboration with a visual medium? Did it come to you first as image? As an idea? Music? Narrative? Artist Lisa Sette: A narrative. Because of the pace of it, the rhythm. It’s like a song to me, actually, more than anything else. If the broadside collaboration were a land formation, what would it be? Poet Robert Strong: Color. The color in this …

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“And Day Brought Back My Night”

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Poet Geoffrey Brock is the author of Weighing Light. His poems and translations have also appeared in The New Yorker, Southern Review, Paris Review, and elsewhere. He has received a Stegner Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. “And Day Brought Back My Night” originally appeared in Poetry Magazine. Artist Lisa Sette holds a BFA in photography and a master’s degree in biology.

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“Last Meal: Photographs”

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Poet Jonathan Fink was born in Lubbock, TX in 1975. He received his BA from Trinity University and his MFA from Syracuse University. From 2003-2005 he was the Creative Writing Fellow in Poetry at Emory University. Currently he is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Poetry at Emory. His poems have appeared in Poetry, New England Review, TriQuarterly, Slate, and Virginia Quarterly Review, among other publications. Artist Lisa Sette holds a BFA in photography and a …

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