I’m so excited that my poem “Wallflower (For Eva Hesse)” is up today in What Weekly, and specifically, in the very first installment of its new “What Lit” section. What Weekly is a supercool online magazine that’s “documenting the Baltimore renaissance.” Baltimore really is a special place, and this mag is doing a wonderful job of keeping up with it all.
It’s funny how images can stick with you for years, and how you never know when one might prompt a creative response. I first saw Eva Hesse’s “Untitled or Not Yet” in a black and white art book my sister gave me back in 2002. Later, I saw it in person in either San Francisco or New York, I honestly don’t remember which. Wherever it was, it stuck with me, eventually co-inspiring the poem “Wallflower.” I say co-inspired because until I also got to know a photo taken by my friend of her sister, I had no need to write about either. But something in the portrait reminded me of Hesse’s work…and something about them together made my mind wander to the place I always most wish to be. So there you go.
I wanted you to see “Untitled or Not Yet”… amazing, isn’t it? I hope it blows your mind as much as it did mine.