Adjoining Cells

When two people settle into a pattern of behavior it becomes increasingly difficult to change habits. In some cases, it may be that those very habits are all that connect us.

For some people, the simple perception that there is a pattern, a hint of a cage, will be enough to make them want to fly away. For others, the pattern becomes so familiar that they will endure all manner of tortures to stay within its boundaries. The cage metaphor constructs a trap that necessitates escape or acquiescence.

There are always multiple viewpoints in any situation. In Adjoining Cells, reading down the columns produces a different result than reading across. Does one perspective offer more hope than the other?

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Exposed Roots

Plants have a variety of root systems, designed for the environment in which they grow and the type of fruit, blooms and foliage they produce. Roots anchor the plant to its environment, absorb water and minerals and act as storage for food reserves.

Human beings often speak of the foundations of their lives as roots. Artists and creative people often spend a great deal of time probing and studying their own roots, sometimes even placing them on display. This can be both valuable and risky.

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To A Dancer

Dance and movement have the power to circumvent words and create bonds across cultures. Mesmerized by the dance of a community alien to her own, a girl recognizes the energy, kindness and love embodied by a particular dancer, as well as the sense of belonging and place conferred on him by the dance. She would love to join in, but fears that her participation would be misinterpreted, both by members of her community and his.

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Nubia’s Shoes, Yo soy un Corazòn and Drumming by Katherine McDaniel

These three poems were commissioned by Houston Grand Opera for a program called Houston Artists Respond. Men and women from the Baker Ripley Community Center in Houston recalled events in their lives on video. These videos were then given to poets, composers and artists who were asked to respond in their own media. I chose three videos that told the stories of Latin American Women who had immigrated to the United States, interweaving their stories with my feelings.

Nubia’s Shoes tells the story of a woman from Nicaragua who received her first pair of shoes at the age of sixteen.

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Yo soy un Corazòn is the story of a brave woman from Cuba, who arrived in the United States only to be diagnosed with cancer.

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Drumming explores the world of a woman growing in Guerrero, Mexico. Her family had little in the way of comforts, but they grew up strong and healthy in relationship to nature. The main symbol of nature is a waterfall that thundered on the family ranch.

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Cloud by Katherine McDaniel

Realizing an idea, forming it into something that can be shared with others, is perhaps the most frightening part of the creative process. It is also a moment full of blissful surprise.

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At The Temple of Sinawava on the Virgin River by Katherine McDaniel

At the end of the road in Zion National Park, there is a place called the Temple of Sinawava, a natural amphitheater nearly 3,000 feet deep. From this shaded, still and beautiful valley, the traveler may enter the Zion Narrows, a channel in the rock cliffs hollowed out by the Virgin River. From time to time, rocks fall from the cliff face into the water with a satisfying resonance.
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Fractures by Katherine McDaniel

The toxic relationship can prove enticing, but what does one do when the inevitable cracks appear and the damage is done?

Fractures: Triangles, magdalen, and Homecoming

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Mirage by Katherine McDaniel

Step into a world of distortion and hallucination, where lack of water drives the mind over the brink of madness. What waits within the desert canyon?

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Alouette, the Femmebot by Katherine McDaniel

Discarded, alone, and clearly malfunctioning, the Femmebot lies at the edge of sanity. Snatches of a child’s song, Alouette, terrorize her mind and bring up shreds of memory, the only identity she has left. Is she more than meets the eye?

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3 thoughts on “Poetry

  1. immy.k.89 says:

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