Artist JoAnne McFarland: I love the way the poem reels! I knew right away it was about a journey between life and death. The mother is the North Star, the one pinpoint of light remaining in this child’s life—a daughter who cannot bear the future, either literally or emotionally. Poet Adele Elise Williams: From social media to alcohol to hard drugs, someone is, or knows someone who is, battling addiction. It must be treated as the disease it is and as not a choice or a defect or an impossibility.
Poet Adele Elise Williams serves as Nonfiction Editor for Gulf Coast. Adele is the winner of the 2019 Emily Morrison Poetry Prize ; selected work can be found or is forthcoming in Guernica, Cream City Review, The Adroit Journal, Quarterly West, Beloit Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. adeleelisewilliams.com. JoAnne McFarland is an artist, poet, and curator, and is the Artistic Director of Artpoetica Project Space in Brooklyn which exhibits works that focus on the intersection of language and visual representation. McFarland has artwork in the permanent collections of The Library of Congress, The Columbus Museum of Art, and The Department of State, among many others. McFarland’s traveling curatorial project SALLY will be at The Brickbottom Gallery in Somerville, MA this September. www.joannemcfarland.com