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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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Collaborators’ Q&A What inspires you in this poem? Artist Sarah Van Sanden: I was inspired by how the poem evokes a scene of utter bleakness and contrasts it with such a rich description of the fire. What did you think an artist would pick up on from your poem? Poet Todd Davis: The color of the flames as the trash burns. The syringes. The barrel itself and the encroaching night. When you began this piece, …

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“The Seeds of Aleppo”

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Collaborators’ Q&A What is behind your choice of this piece of art in response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis? 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. Despite the murky darkness in the drawing, there’s a burst of light coming from the seed that speaks of hope, endurance and what waits in …

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“A Poem by Brian McGuigan”

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Collaborators’ Q&A What did you think an artist would pick up on from your poem? Poet Kate Lebo: The naming. How each name is too small to completely contain their person. What inspires you in this poem? Artist Sarah Van Sanden: I’m fascinated by the way battling familial influences and expectations manifest themselves as extreme duality in one person. Did the visual artist refract any element of the poem that made you see the poem differently? …

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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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Collaborators’ Q&A What did you think an artist would pick up on from your poem? Writer Dolan Morgan: I have no idea what anyone is thinking, nor do I have any reliable gauge for predicting behavior. Frankly, I am always shocked at what happens next, moment to moment, the fact of which also continues to surprise me. My most common response to anything, both mundane and out of the ordinary, is: Oh god, what the hell …

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