Agate Fossil Beds National Monument Artist Residency

Very excited as this project heads towards completion. I couldn’t have done it without Isabel Winson-Sagan, although this is the first time I’ve produced my own suminagashi for a finished piece.

Maternal Mitochondria

Miriam Sagan is recently returned from an artist residency at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument in Nebraska! We’ve done a small suminagashi/book arts/poetry project to commemorate her time there, using poetry and sumi she created at the residency. To see all of the suminagashi, visit https://sumi-a-day.tumblr.com/. This book will be on display at the offices of the National Park, and there will also be an accompanying broadside.

Agate Fossil Bed Morning
The gold of dawn lights up the prairie,
a path winds away,
in the earth lie bones of what is gone—
try re-assembling this fossil.
A path winds away,
crosses a bridge twisted with wild cucumber,
try re-assembling this fossil
in the grass called needle and thread.
Across a bridge twisted with wild cucumber
to prick your finger is to forget
in the grass called needle and thred.
Is this zigzag the taproot of a gigantic tree?
To prick…

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About Miriam Sagan

I'm blogging about poetry, land art, haiku, women artists, road trips, and Baba Yaga at Miriam's Well (https://miriamswell.wordpress.com). The well is ALWAYS looking to publish poetry on our themes, sudden fiction, and guest bloggers and musers.

3 thoughts on “Agate Fossil Beds National Monument Artist Residency

  1. Miriam — These are gorgeous. I love your color palette. And feel such uplifting (word of the day!) immersed in the swirls…not to mention the poetry. Brava! Brava!

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