The artist asks the writer “how does it feel to write a poem a day?”

She asks how it feels
to write a poem a day,
and I think:

You know!
YOU know.

It’s like being in your studio
surrounded by found objects,
piecing color and texture into narrative,
making whole what was separate.

It’s just working with words,
sewing meter and memory,
stitching stanza and story,
making whole what was silent.

You know?
YOU know.

Poem ©2016, Jen Payne, National Poetry Month, 15. Image: “A Copy of Jack Kerouac’s Typewriter,” from Suddenly This Overview, ©Peter Fischli and David Weiss, photo by Jen Payne, How to Work Better exhibit, Guggenheim Museum, April 2016.

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