Spilled Ink

“Spilled Ink” is a chapbook featuring suminagashi, photography, and poetry. It was completed during a stay at Wildacres Residency Program in North Carolina in 2016. This project was inspired by Amanda Palmer’s book, The Art of Asking, and is therefore not available for sale. But if you want a copy, just ask!

when you were a baby
a Balanchine dancer
praised your sitting posturenow that you’re grown
I need to question you to understand—
a woman of another generation

I walk in the autumn softwood forest
with my cane—elegant fungus
grows along a tree trunk

palmate leaves
bigger than any gloves I’ve ever worn
turn green, yellow, brown, red

you say the paper sculpture
should be just about
as tall as you are

an enormous spider web
seems dropped into these woods
by Chihuly

you blow the line
of ink
across the standing water

if autumn were a woman
she’d be undressing now
for her date with solstice

the koan asks: for whom
do you adorn yourself
and make yourself beautiful?

-Miriam Sagan

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