Collaborators’ Q&A: Why did this piece of art resonate for you or seem like it would give you an avenue into writing about Typhoon Haiyan? Poet Matthew Caretti: Empathy. Humans are hard-wired to respond when we see others in distress. I connected immediately with the man in Cheryl’s drawing—the anguish of his posture, the troubled prayers of his hands.
Artist Cheryl Gross has an MFA in New Forms from Pratt. Poet Matthew Caretti is influenced in equal parts by his study of German language and literature, by his Zen training in the East, and by the approach of the Beat writers.