What did you think an artist would pick up on from your poem?
Poet Willie Lin: I thought the bees/hives would probably appear. I think I’d also hoped that the atmosphere of the poem—its confusion, distraction, and illogic—would be evoked somehow.
What inspires you in this poem?
Artist Janice Redman: That muffled quality in the dream that’s so terrifying—which I think is also in my own work. In my own personal work, I often wrap domestic objects. I muffle them. They lose their voice. I silence them. This silencing of domestic objects is about silencing childhood feelings… I think that’s what drew me to the poem.
Collaborators: Poet Willie Lin lives and works in Chicago, IL. Artist Janice Redman is a sculptor whose work is in the permanent collections of the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum and the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.