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Contributions by Kathleen Lynch:

“Empire”

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Collaborators’ Q&A This image was created outside of the usual Broadsided “respond to writing” system—can you talk about its origins? Artist Helen Beckman Kaplan: My romantic nature usually brings me around to visiting the figure in landscape, often as an over-the-shoulder view. I am drawn to a transmogrified pastoral space, and within that space to the tangling of the relationship between physicality of paint and what is represented. This poem responds to Helen Beckman Kaplan’s art—can …

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“Canned Food Drive”

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Collaborators’ Q&A What inspired you to “dibs” this poem? Artist Jim Benning: I read the poem and it conjured up a bunch of visual ideas. What did you think an artist would pick up on from your poem? Poet Kathleen Lynch: Possibly moonlight on kids’ bicycles, sycamores as guards, shrub as fort, “big bellied planes,” maybe a can or pile of cans. But I thought of round cans, not rectangular. Artist Jim Benning gave me a good …

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