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Contributions by Derek Sheffield:

“Timid as Any Herd Animal”

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Collaborators’s Q&A: Artist Douglas Culhane: I was first taken by the music of the poem. The rhymes, the consonants crashing into one another, and the way this related to the images that begin piling up. There also is a progression in dynamics—images thin, the volume decreases—a sort of gorgeous diminuendo. All of this in just a dozen lines. Poet Derek Sheffield: I was hoping the artist would especially feel how the musicality and tone work together. I don’t see a refraction so much as I see, amazingly, a kind of transliteration.

Poet Derek Sheffield’s collection Not for Luck was selected by Mark Doty for the Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize. He coedited Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy (Trinity, 2020) and is the poetry editor of Terrain.org. www.dereksheffield.com. Artist Douglas Culhane works in sculpture and drawing. He has exhibited in New York and New England and he teaches art at Amherst College. See more of his work at www.douglasculhane.com.

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“Firefighters Walk into Mountain Sports”

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Broadsides on the Bus, 2015 Moscow, Idaho Broadsides on the Bus 2015 is the 3rd-annual collaboration between the Moscow Arts Commission and Broadsided Press. This year, the project featured selected work by national poets who are members of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE)—which held its national convention in Moscow the week of June 22nd. Visual art by local visual artists was chosen by a jury to become part of …

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