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Contributions by Meghan Keane:

“ts’ǫǫsí” / “mouse”

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If this broadside were a piece of music, what would it be?
Poet Rex Lee Jim: A protection song to be sung in a sweat lodge ceremony.
Artist Meghan Keane: To be completely honest, this is the first broadside I have done where I have no idea. The musicality of the poem is the music it is meant to be, I find. To add anything else would feel non-essential on my part.

Collaborators: Poet Rex Lee Jim is a Navajo medicine man, poet, playwright, essayist, and scholar. Artist Meghan Keane is a painter and printmaker. She is the founding director of meghan.keane.studio

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“187” & “84”

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Why this poem/these poems?
Artist Meghan Keane: I visited Greece for the first time last summer and the experience has yet to leave me.

How does translation fit into your creative life?
Translator Paul Merchant: … [it] is a powerful message about valuing the outsider: an important project in these more insular times.

Collaborators: Poet Yannis Ritsos (1909 – 1990) was Greece’s best loved poet. Translator Paul Merchant, a native of Wales, has had poetry and translations widely published. Artist Meghan Keane is a painter and printmaker. She is the founding director of meghan.keane.studio

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“Almost Spring”

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Collaborators’ Q&A What did you think an artist would pick up on from your poem? Poet John A. Nieves: My default position is to believe the artist’s reaction in this type of collaboration will, by nature, surprise the author. The one thing I was fairly sure would translate was the sense of weight and density. I was not even a little disappointed! What inspires you in this poem? Artist Meghan Keane: It is whole. It feels complete. …

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“The Glass Images”

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Collaborators’ Q&A What did you think an artist would pick up on from your poem? Poet Ladan Osman: I wasn’t sure. I hoped for something that was as messy and achy as I felt when arranging these odd news bits and memories. What inspires you in this poem? Artist Meghan Keane: I was inspired by the mood of the poem. It struck me as dark, brooding, and honest. I often gravitate towards poems that create …


“Lexicongraphy 1”

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Collaborators’ Q&A How does seeing the visual response to the poem shift your perception of it? Translator Margaret Noori: It is beautiful and carries the collaboration to one more dimension. Poet Heid Erdrich: There’s a freedom and elegance to the visual response that I certainly did not feel when I was writing it, or when I was working with Margaret as she translated and re-expressed it. There’s movement, too, in the image, which I really …

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“Matches”

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Collaborators’ Q&A What did you think an artist would pick up on from your poem? Poet George David Clark: I actually suspected color might play an important role. In an early draft of the book manuscript this poem is drawn from, the major sections cohered around a color scheme. Since the poem mines disparate images, I think it would be easy for a literal translation of any one of them to seem lopsided, unbalanced. That’s not the …

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“The Ringmaster Answers the Phone”

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Collaborators’ Q&A What did you think an artist would pick up on from your poem? Poet Amorak Huey: I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect. This isn’t my most visual poem. Ringmasters and circuses offer some iconic possibilities, perhaps, and the cinderblock sky of the opening couplet was an image that pleased me. From looking at Meghan’s earlier Broadsided pieces, I figured she wouldn’t be too literal—too “matchy-matchy” as they say on Project Runway. I was excited …


“Dear Johnny”

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Collaborators’ Q&A What did you think an artist would pick up on from your poem? Poet Angela Veronica Wong: Maps and all of their possibilities. What inspires you in this poem? Artist Meghan Keane: The spaces. The references to colors (blood, etc). The mapping references. I was inspired by the way these elements create breathing room for developing a personal relationship with the poem. The painting came out of those spaces. Did the visual artist refract any element …

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“Wild nights”

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Why this poem? An answer by artist Meghan Keane What grabbed me about this poem was its obvious double entendre. It’s not just about sailing a ship…. What Dickenson achieves in the poem is akin to what my artistic practice strives to do: transform details from everyday life (ED: ships, MK:hair, whiteout) into subtle yet exquisite, borderline seductive experiences. Visceral, even. This drawing of curly hair (pubes? possibly. possibly not.) interspersed with whiteout fragments is …

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“As Any Approaching Might Smile and Stop”

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Collaborators’ Q&A What did you think an artist would pick up on from your poem? Writer Zach Savich: When I read that poem, I see a dark road. It looks wet because of headlights, not rain. What inspires you in this poem? Artist Meghan Keane: I was inspired by the imagery: the sound of the press; the simple blackness; the yellow line; the repetition, numerical or not; and the sense that it’s all familiar but also elusive, …

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