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Contributions by Nicelle Davis:

“Mothers”

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Collaborators’ Q&A:  Poet Nicelle Davis: Broadsided is simply beautiful—it represents all the things I consider to be “good” and “true.” Broadsided is driven by a sense of restorative justice—it gives art back. Artist Meghan Keane: I was moved and inspired by the direct and veiled content of LGBT+ sexual experiences. A line that hasn’t left me: “When she said she knew, I understood tamales.”

Nicelle Davis is a California poet, collaborator, and performance artist. She is the creator of The Poetry Circus and collaborator on the Nevermore Poetry Festival. Artist Meghan Keane is a painter and printmaker. She is the founding director of meghan.keane.studio.

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“Composition 101”

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Collaborators’ Q&A: Artist Cheryl Gross: I found the poem to be deliciously disturbing. I was able to pull out the creepiness and subdue it. This to me is how the ugliness in life operates, on a more restrained level. Writer Nicelle Davis: Cheryl Gross’s illustration validates the experience of the poem completely. I love the child’s head attached to the manly Adam’s apple; he is such a lovable haunt.

Writer Nicelle Davis lives in Southern California with her husband James and their son J.J. Artist Cheryl Gross has an MFA in New Forms from Pratt.

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