What drew you to create a visual response to this poem, in particular? Artist David Bernardy: I think what drew me was the visceral language of Daniel’s poem, particularly the descriptions of tracing the nostril of the horse. Do you think being around your child helps you to connect with your imagination in a different way? Poet Daniel Demaree: I think play is important. I think playing with my kids helps me write poetry, Being lithe in mind and heart always feeds imagination.
Darren C. Demaree is the author of nineteen poetry collections, most recently neverwell, (June 2023, Harbor Editions). He is the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. Artist David Bernardy is an artist, a writer, and a dad. He likes lost things, old things, and dogs.