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Contributions by Lisa Sette:

“Malångu I Maga’håga” / “The Woman Chief is Ill”

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Collaborators’ Q&A: Why this poem? Artist Lisa Sette: “Ready the outrigger.” I feel the same way.  I wasn’t born buried.  I didn’t sprout from the earth, I was born from water. I love the repetition and pace of this poem. When you consider all 3 broadsides of this folio together, what comes to mind? Poet Jay Baza Pascua: One poem spoke of nature and the other of death. My poem included these two subjects. It was as though we were meant to be featured together. It’s amazing that we did not collaborate.

Poet Jay Baza Pascua is Chamorro—an indigenous person of Guam. He is a storyteller. Artist Lisa Sette lives on Cape Cod.

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“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: Artist Lisa Sette: I think art is an expression of one’s social, mental and spiritual state. What is happening in the world gets filtered into your art. Poet Jill McDonough: Art helps us think about hard things. If it helps its maker solve a problem, think through something hard, or if it helps a viewer approach something in a new way, that’s success.

Poet Jill McDonough’s books of poems include Habeas Corpus (Salt, 2008), and Where You Live (Salt, 2012). Artist Lisa Sette lives and works on Cape Cod.

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

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Collaborator’s Q&A: 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.

Poet Joan Naviyuk Kane is author of The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife, for which she received a 2009 Whiting Writers’ Award, and Hypboreal (Pitt Poetry Series), winner of the 2012 Donald Hall Prize from AWP. Artist Lisa Sette is a biologist living on Cape Cod who loves the intersection of art and science.

 

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“Ghazal 17” (English)

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Collaborators’ Q&A: Translator Roger Sedarat: So often when those unfamiliar with the practice of translation speak about a text rendered into another language, they tend to zero in on fidelity to the original. That’s a natural and completely valid response. Literary translators know, however, getting close to meaning is the barest beginning of re-creating the spirit of the text. Artist Lisa Sette: I feel like both visual responses are elemental—air and fire. Both feel like they generate energy or heat that go towards the sky or heavens.

Poet Hafez, one of the classical masters of Persian poetry, was born in Shiraz, Iran, in the early 14th century. Translator Roger Sedarat is the author of two poetry collections, Dear Regime: Letters to the Islamic Republic (Ohio UP, 2007) and Ghazal Games (Ohio UP, 2011). Artist Lisa Sette is a biologist who works on Cape Cod.

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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 master’s degree in biology.

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