Artist Sarah Van Sanden: Shapes were my way into the poem, but the inherently amorphous qualities of fire and smoke required that I represent them differently than the rest of the image. Poet Todd Davis: Something very simple but quite important to me: the air holes and the open space that the artist included in her representation of the burn barrel. Literally the holes in the barrel allow the fire to breathe, but those pierced openings also suggest a kind of light or illumination that the girl may be seeking in feeding the fire.
Collaborators: Poet Todd Davis is the author of five full-length collections of poetry, most recently Winterkill. Artist Sarah Van Sanden lives in Seattle. She has studied visual art, botany and design and makes her living designing and building landscapes.