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Contributions by Sarah Van Sanden:

“we who burn here below”

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Artist Sarah Van Sanden: I love beauty, but ugly can be pretty interesting, too. Poet Jeremy Paden: …the use of red principally on the right side gives it an off-balance that I like… though you see some hints flicker against the left column, as if saying, this structure is about come tumbling. 

Collaborators: Sarah Van Sanden is a landscape designer and builder in Seattle. Her art training and plant lust inform her work and daily life. Poet Jeremy Paden is the author of two chapbooks: Broken Tulips (Accents Press, 2013) and ruina montium (Broadstone Books, 2016).

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“Burn Barrel”

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Artist Sarah Van Sanden: Shapes were my way into the poem, but the inherently amorphous qualities of fire and smoke required that I represent them differently than the rest of the image. Poet Todd Davis: Something very simple but quite important to me: the air holes and the open space that the artist included in her representation of the burn barrel. Literally the holes in the barrel allow the fire to breathe, but those pierced openings also suggest a kind of light or illumination that the girl may be seeking in feeding the fire.

Collaborators: Poet Todd Davis is the author of five full-length collections of poetry, most recently Winterkill. Artist Sarah Van Sanden lives in Seattle. She has studied visual art, botany and design and makes her living designing and building landscapes.

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“The Seeds of Aleppo”

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Artist Sarah Van Sanden: The delicate airborne seed sketched on a found envelope embodies, for me, movement, transition, and possibility—a metaphor of sorts for the people fleeing unlivable circumstances in Syria. Poet Tiffany Higgins: I have sincere, ongoing questions about how to effectively represent others’ suffering. Poets I esteem such as Camille Dungy and Kyle Dargan have warned against adopting others’ voices as one’s own, and I heed that warning.

Collaborators: ArtistSarah Van Sanden lives in Seattle. She has studied visual art, botany and design and makes her living designing and building landscapes. Poet Tiffany Higgins is author of And Aeneas Stares into Her Helmet (Carolina Wren).

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“A Poem by Brian McGuigan”

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Poet Kate Lebo: I love that the roundness of the earth in the last line becomes an apple. And a wolf. Artist Sarah Van Sanden: I’m fascinated by the way battling familial influences and expectations manifest themselves as extreme duality in one person.

Collaborators: Poet Kate Lebo’s poems have appeared in Best New Poets 2011, AGNI Online, and in 2013, Chin Music Press published her first book, A Commonplace Book of Pie, based on her best-selling zine of the same name. Artist Sarah Van Sanden lives in Seattle. She has studied visual art, botany and design and makes her living designing and building landscapes.

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“2012 Haiku Year-in-Review”

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Collaborators’ Q&A, Season by Season Winter: Greek government bailouts Once you saw the art for your season, did it cause you to see your haiku in a different light? Poet Matthew Caretti: I think Lochlann’s rendering of the Greek flag is the perfect exclamation point for the haiku, which begins with a troubling ancient myth. Her piece then punctuates the dilemma facing modern Greece and several other members of the EU—where do culture and economics intersect? And …

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“Dhanaivi at 16 in the South Bronx”

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Artist Sarah Van Sanden: Since fire in this poem reads as both a creative and a destructive force, I was really conflicted about how to represent it, but it has a huge presence that I couldn’t avoid. Writer Dolan Morgan: The light and colorful approach here brings out more of the youth of the characters than was present in my brain’s terrible rendition.

Collaborators: Writer Dolan Morgan lives and writes in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. His work has been featured in The Believer, The Lifted Brow, Field, TRNSFR, apt, Cricket Online Review, Fortnight and numerous other journals. Artist Sarah Van Sanden lives in Seattle. She has studied visual art, botany, and design and makes her living designing and building landscapes.

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