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Contributions by Jennifer Perrine:

“Now Is Not the Time to Talk About Gun Control”

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NOTE: This broadside is one of six published for our “Bearing Arms: Responding to Guns in American Culture” special feature.

Collaborators’ Q&A:

Why did this piece of art resonate for you or seem like it would give you an avenue into writing about this subject? Poet Jennifer Perrine: “Female Target” brought me out of abstractions, out of lives that I know only through news and public events, and returned me to my body, my relationship to guns.

What is behind your choice of this piece of art in response to the topic “Guns in American Culture”? Artist Kristen T. Woodward: I’ve been painting on pre-printed gun targets for the past ten years or so… When confronted by a feminine form, a number of people shifted the conversation to domestic violence.

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“Ex Ovo Omnia”

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Note: “Ex Ovo Omnia” is a Switcheroo, an annual feature in which we invite writers to respond to art we post.

Collaborators’ Q&A

What surprises you about Jennifer’s poem in conversation with your art? Artist Julie Evanoff: Honestly, I’m surprised that she was able to pull out what seems like such a specific narrative that goes deep into the myths and stories that inform our collective and individual unconscious in a way that resonates with my sense of the painting.

What leapt out first from Julie’s art? A particular image? A mood? A line? Poet Jennifer Perrine: At first, I saw red. I was drawn in by that color, especially by the red-bodied figure on the right, and it wasn’t until days later that I realized it had reminded me of the character I’d imagined when I read Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red (which I love!).

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