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Contributions by Se Thut Quon:

“Round Baby Imagines Ships Made of Steel and Stars”

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Collaborators’ Q&A: Poet Sheila Squillante:  The artist was able to capture the celestial and biological spirit of the poem. So we get both outer space and inner space. And then, too, there is the technological—the pixilation of a television screen. It’s exciting. Artist Se Thut Quon: I am attracted to the poem’s employment of the science of vision.

Poet Sheila Squillante is the author of the poetry collection, Beautiful Nerve as well as three chapbooks. Artist Se Thut Quon lives in Kentucky.

 

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“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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