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Contributions by Jericho Brown:

“Another Elegy”

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Collaborators’ Q&A: Artist Stacy Isenbarger: I was struck by the rigor and weight of both letting go & holding on. While responding I considered a stain in reflection of a used vessel waiting in expectation. Poet Jericho Brown: I think the visual helps me to see sadness as more of a prison than a weight.

Poet Jericho Brown‘s poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry 2013, The Best American Poetry 2014, The New Republic, and The New Yorker. Artist Stacy Isenbarger‘s creative pursuits include sculpture, installation, & mixed-media drawings.

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“Open”

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Collaborators’ Q&A: Artist Kevin Morrow: I “dibsed” this poem by Jericho Brown because of its simplistic complexity. Something which is so simple is always so “open” and enduring. It opens in all of us the uncanny human ability to think, know, interpret, understand and formulate philosophies. Poet Jericho Brown: Something about the image(s)—maybe the way the knotholes and growth rings resemble eyes, birds, and/or birds’ eyes—makes it much more clear how much land and landscape is viewed in a poem so short.

Poet Jericho Brown worked as speechwriter for the Mayor of New Orleans before receiving his Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston. Artist Kevin Morrow is a native of Wisconsin who received his BFA in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2003.

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