I've realized that I'm now receiving daily digests from no fewer than 15 different listservs; taken together they describe and define me pretty thoroughly. The most recent addition is the Maryland Writers' Association, where I found an announcement about this project:
Welcome to SPARK!
Open to writers, musicians, and visual artists of all kinds,
SPARK is a participatory creativity event that takes place four times each year.
The project’s rules are simple: Writers send their partners a story or poem; artists send an image of their painting, photograph, or sculpture; and musicians and video artists send either a file or a link to their work on another website. Then, over the 10-day project period, each person uses their partner’s piece as a jumping off point for new work of their own.
This site is a work in progress, containing inspiration and response pieces from SPARK’s 2010 rounds. You can view those pieces by clicking “See the work,” above. You can also see work from SPARK’s first six rounds here.
SPARK Rounds take place in February, May, August, and October. If you’d like to join us, send us a note!
I've already registered to participate in SPARK 10 later this month, because I had so much fun doing something similar before. I've written some poems to go with paintings by my friend Elyse Harrison, a local artist who runs a studio/gallery, and participated in an event a few years ago where Elyse invited artists and writers to collaborate and then put up a show of their work. I wrote a poem to go with a provocative landscape photograph that I had intended to post here, but alas, I can't find it.
So instead I'll put up this week's "15 Words or (ahem) Fewer" poem, a weekly opportunity provided by the endlessly energetic and inspiring Laura Purdie Salas. This week she posted the above, and in response I posted the following.
it's the elbows
that tell the story
of the next twenty-four years
ARR MATEY 2010
While a list, like a column of tiny buttons, might describe and define, sometimes it's what is not quite in the picture that tells the real story.
Laura and Heidi at the ALA Poetry Blast 2010
Check out the list of Poetry Friday posts at Carol's Corner!