|"Suspend" oil and silver leaf, 10"x10" by Bridget Bossart van Otterloo, inspired by the poem below:|
Sic habebis glorium totius mundi*
by Rhonda Morton
Black widow rounds her legs above her head,
a halo circling delicate fangs.
She suspends judgment.
She is simply waiting
to spin me, you,
into a straight and knotted fate.
The great neuroscientist
Karl Friston is her friend.
everything alive acts
to reduce the difference
between expectation and experience.
Karl and the widow agree:
we are here
Fate is a blanket over our heads,
a suffocating repeating weave,
indecipherable dots and dashes
burned onto our souls.
How much glory can I stand?
How much grace?
What happens if I drop a stitch,
dive into the pitch,
collapse a different wave?
I could pledge the gumption
a blue crescent moon spooling from the sun.
Ribs breathing golden arrows.
A pyramid whirling back to angel spit and dust.
I look at where the thread goes.
As above, so below.
I throw away the needle.
Choose to scatter thistle seed instead.
*You will understand the glory of the whole world
This poem and painting are part of a "Year Long Celebration of Poetry" project organized by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, culminating in our current exhibit. Please join us for a closing Reception on Thursday, July 11, 2019.
Game of Telephone
Conversations in Poetry and Art
On view through July 14, 2019
Reception: July 11, 2019
The classic childhood "game of telephone" has been given an artful twist in the unique exhibit, Game of Telephone: Conversations in Poetry and Art.
To kick off National Poetry Month in April of 2018 The ARTS Council worked with poet, Michael Czarnecki, who wrote a poem to start a year-long Game of Telephone in the arts. Michael's poem was given to a visual artist who created a piece inspired by the poem and then the visual art was given to the next poet, who created a poem inspired by the artwork. This continued on for a year with the artists and poets seeing only the piece that came immediately before them.
The culmination of this project is on exhibit at Carey's Brew House in Corning with a reception on Thursday, July 11th from 6:00 - 8:00pm. Everyone is invited to this free event. All artworks will be available for purchase. Come see what one poem turned into over the course of a year!