Collaborators’ Q&A: What surprised you about this collaborative piece? Poet Chloe Honum: The colors surprised me, especially the reds. The floorboards at the base also surprised me. That floor seems to bring the poem indoors, into the house perhaps that the sisters in the poem have fled. The “I love U” below the title surprised me, too (I guess the whole thing surprised me!). To me, that tag feels fraught with the urge to say something simple, and yet it’s backward and inky. I love that. Artist Bailey Bob Bailey: It just seems to make the piece more of a vessel, a reaction to this familial drama. The poem kind of filled the boxes.
Poet Chloe Honum’s first collection, The Tulip-Flame(Cleveland State University, 2014) won Foreword Review’s Book of the Year Award and was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award. Artist Bailey Bob Bailey studied sculpture at Virginia Commonwealth University, attended Skowhegan and was twice a fellow at The Fine Arts Work Center of Provincetown.