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Contributions by Kathleen Lynch:

“Empire”

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Collaborators’ Q&A: 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. Poet Kathleen Lynch: I think the poem and art are in dialogue with each other in a way that is more intuitional than literal. I appreciate that the image is so “open,” and invites varied contemplation.

Artist Helen Beckman Kaplan is a painter from Brooklyn who was educated at Rhode Island School of Design, Tyler School of Art, Indiana University and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Poet Kathleen Lynch is the author of Hinge (Black Zinnias national poetry prize). She conducts workshops and is a freelance editor.

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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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