Collaborators’ Q&A: Poet Aaron Plasek: …A fingerprint is the proof we leave behind of our presence; it’s what we leave while grasping others and also a means of identification, criminal or otherwise. Artist Kate Baird: I liked the economy of it—there are things implied about at least three different relationships (more if you count relationships with the wallet) and two generations in a very short poem. Even being so succinct, it feels very complete.
Poet Aaron Plasek: After studying literature and physics at Drake University, Aaron Plasek edited The Dimebag of Poetry and curated the Et Cet*er*a Reading Series in Des Moines, Iowa, and later earned an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Artist Kate Baird, a native of Springfield, MO, now lives in New York City where she paints and reads as much as possible.