Women, Surrealism & Abstraction - Poetry Project

In the spirit of Women, Surrealism & Abstraction—an exhibition celebrating women’s talent and creativity—we invited women from the local poetry community to choose an artwork from the exhibition and write a poem inspired by it. These Surrealist and abstract artworks provoke us to wonder and see in new ways. The same is true of the poems, which offer glimpses into the poets’ personal responses to the art. In this way, the pairings of words and imagery bring the women in conversation with each other, a dialogue that reaches across art forms and across time.

Women Surrealism and Abstraction Poetry
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Poem "Woman" by Taylor Fang
P1 - Ruth Asawa, Untitled (S.304)
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Women Surrealism and Abstraction Poetry
Poem "Negative Capability" by Shanan Ballam
P2 - Carlotta Corpron, Untitled Light Study (a)

P2 - Carlotta Corpron, Untitled Light Study (a)

Poem "Negative Capability" by Shanan Ballam

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Women Surrealism and Abstraction Poetry
Poem "Generations" by Lauren McKinnon
P3 - Laura Andreson, Beaker

P3 - Laura Andreson, Beaker

Poem "Generations" by Lauren McKinnon

Women Surrealism and Abstraction Poetry
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Poem "Samadhi" by Anne Shifrer
P4 - Barbara Morgan, Samadhi

P4 - Barbara Morgan, Samadhi

Poem "Samadhi" by Anne Shifrer

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Women Surrealism and Abstraction Poetry
Poem "Stained Glass in the Desert’s Chapel" by Jordan Forest
P5 - Margaret Tomkins, Untitled

P5 - Margaret Tomkins, Untitled

Poem "Stained Glass in the Desert’s Chapel" by Jordan Forest

Women Surrealism and Abstraction Poetry
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Poem "Axias" by Terysa Dyer
P6 - Max Cole, Axias

P6 - Max Cole, Axias

Poem "Axias" by Terysa Dyer

Women Surrealism and Abstraction Poetry
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Poem "Flying" by Mary Ellen Greenwood
P7 - Betty Woodman, June in Italy

P7 - Betty Woodman, June in Italy

Poem "Flying" by Mary Ellen Greenwood

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Women Surrealism and Abstraction Poetry
Poem "Fragile Composition" by Taylor Fang
P8 - Joanne Hayakawa, Fragile Composition

P8 - Joanne Hayakawa, Fragile Composition

Poem "Fragile Composition" by Taylor Fang

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Women Surrealism and Abstraction Poetry
Poem "Navel of the Universe" by Mary Ellen Greenwood
P9 - Eva Kwong, Navel of the Universe

P9 - Eva Kwong, Navel of the Universe

Poem "Navel of the Universe" by Mary Ellen Greenwood