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Contributions by Robert Wrigley:

“Spring Is Here” (Wrigley & Clancy)

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Collaborators’ Q&A What inspires you in this poem? Artist Kat Clancy: It was truly a description of spring in Moscow and the verbal images were very recognizable. I know the “Goth boy in is black greatcoat.” And we hear the bells of the bell tower every day. What did you think an artist would pick up on from your poem? Poet Robert Wrigley: The Jesus over Rio seemed a good possibility, as it was for Stacy. Ditto …

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“Spring Is Here” (Wrigley & Isenbarger)

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Collaborators’ Q&A: Poet Robert Wrigley: I confess to being fairly awestruck by the work of visual artists, especially in response to poems, and what these two artists produced pleases and delights me. The way one brings in the great menacing clouds, the other the rain—well, every time I look at either broadside, I just sit and grin like an idiot. Artist Stacy Isenbarger: Contrasting sensations set a pace and rhythm in the poem and visually it builds into a field of sharp diagonals for me—hot to cold, sharp to soft, harsh to calm, irreverent to spiritual, etc. The collision of rhythms, once stacked in my mind, linger with the potential to impact again, so when sketching out my initial response, lines built upward into something foundational, then fell away softly before another aggressive line could be added.

Artist Stacy Isenbarger is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art + Design at University of Idaho. Poet Robert Wrigley has published ten books of poems, most recently The Church of Omnivorous Light: Selected Poems and Anatomy of Melancholy & Other Poems. He teaches at the University of Idaho and lives on Moscow Mountain with his wife, the writer Kim Barnes.

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“Mouth”

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Poet Robert Wrigley is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently Earthly Meditations: New and Selected Poems (Penguin, 2006). Wrigley’s awards and honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Idaho State Commission on the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He is the Director of the M.F.A. program in creative writing at the University of Idaho. “Mouth” was first published in Poetry.

Artist Caleb Brown: Besides painting, Caleb likes going to the town dump and taking nature walks.

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