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Contributions by Se Thut Quon:

“Company”

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Collaborators’ Q&A What did you think an artist would pick up on from your poem? Poet Judith Werner: I thought it would be the mouse. What inspires you in this poem? Artist Se Thut Quon: I responded to the loneliness of the grand perspective. Did the visual artist refract any element of the poem that made you see the poem differently? Poet Judith Werner: It was the stars that made me see the phrase “eternal abundance” as relating …

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“Pescados de Pesadillas”

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Collaborators’ Q&A What did you think an artist would pick up on from your poem? Poet Nicky Beer: Octopuses have such naturally surreal bodies I was hoping this would be a fun chance for the artist to feast upon all the peculiar possibilities that the tentacle aesthetic affords. What inspires you in this piece? Artist Se Thut Quon: About this same time I unexpectedly stepped on a bird. A sparrow, it cracked like a gourd, I’d …

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“Omnivore”

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Collaborators’ Q&A What did you think an artist would pick up on from your poem? Poet James Arthur: I really didn’t know what to expect. I’m not sure I had any definite expectations. But I love what Se Thut Quon came up with. It’s brilliant. What inspires you in this poem? Artist Se Thut Quon: I favor tales of excess over outlines for moderation. I have trouble throwing things away. The poem satisfies by mixing brutal opportunism with …

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“Certain, Impossible, Likely”

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Collaborators’ Q&A What did you think an artist would pick up on from your poem? Poet Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet: I expected that the images of the trains and the planets would come into play. I thought the lovers might make an appearance, but I had no idea how that might actually play out visually. Their absence is a kind of odd presence. What inspires you in this poem? Artist Se Thut Quon: I first saw the physical (as …

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