These works hung in a solo show at Bombadil Books during the Spring of ’16. The co-owner of Bombadil, Danielle Alexander, put out a call for “ekphrastic” responses to the paintings. I’m including three of the responses below the slideshow,  so you can read for yourself how beautiful the results were.

 

 

 

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Approximate
Reading is an important part of bedtime routine
that one time of day
when you can wrestle with ideas
and go places
the rest of the day
doesn’t permit.
I would sooner give up
12 year bourbon
or the distant sound of train whistles
than take reading out of bedtime routine.
-Greg Reese

Easter

Like Memory, Canvas
I remember being there: in the back
of Cezanne’s squarish mind, the eye
now more boxy since the 20th century—
I was there: that bowl of lemons, a sky
of lemons, a rug’s floral pattern blooming
onto the wood floor like a vase on its side,
muddled water blossoming—
it would seem then that I knew these people:
a young clan of bent-knee drinkers, those
social-afternoon-smooth-talkers, but
I was the child half-disappearing,
the painter’s past hard to let behind (or easy?),
a subject losing shape with distance, with distance
a feeling drawn into focus.
-Z.G. Tomasewski

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Untilted
This is Geometry 101, 4th period, right before lunch .
I am the ugly adolescent Venus in
seat number π in row Φ
next to Euclid, that punk who wrote the textbook
and Carl who is always gaussing the grading curve.
I am an alien in this paper thin idealized world
with decidedly non-Vitruvian proportions
stammering descriptions of a third dimension.
What is the formula for beauty?
Is truth a mathematical property?
My path to point B is circuitous and meandering,
wanders off the page and off the grid
of regimented middle school life.
Come with me to the real world outside the lines.
-S.E. Bry

 

Thank you to all the writers who contributed!!!

Danielle Alexander wrote a blog post about the show and the evening of the opening reception here.