What We Wrote On The Water

Maternal Mitochondria (Miriam Sagan & Isabel Winson-Sagan) actually has a poetry video installation up on the former College of Santa Fe campus. Thanks to Vital Spaces and their innovative vision about using empty spaces around town.
Due to the pandemic, it is by appointment only but we love opening it up for you. (contact me at msagan1035@aol.com). Someone will meet you outside, direct you in, and close up when you are gone.
Full info here:
https://www.vitalspaces.org/exhibitions/2020/12/29/what-we-wrote-on-the-water

Suminagashi ink swirls on water. A drum line by Tim Brown runs along, sometimes counterpoint. My spoken word contribution:

raindrops marred the page
as I pulled
black ink on to cheap paper
marks caught
like remnant fossils
and isn’t that
memory

you didn’t know
where you were going
when you started—
but could that
possibly be true
considering
who you are
what you knew about fate

who kept close?
who went to the pow-wow?
who ate bitter greens?
who died at the border?
who went to Paris?
who went to Carrizozo?
who turned an empty lot into a garden?
who beat the devil in a fiddling contest?

Babel, your ziggurat
yields silence

glass fish in the plastic vial of the sea
what lay in the endless caverns if not desire
stop, you are scaring me
by talking
as if God
wanted something
in particular

I kept close
I went to the pow-wow
I ate bitter greens
I died at the border
I went to Paris
I went to Carrizozo
I turned an empty lot into a garden
I beat the devil in a fiddling contest

Here are the newest images from this installation itself:

It runs about five minutes. You’ll be in the private but large dark space. Water can represent the unconscious mind. Come enter ours.

For those unable to visit in person:

Video on youtube- https://youtu.be/i4YKpXgEp-I

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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.

2 thoughts on “What We Wrote On The Water

  1. Kudos to Maternal Mitochondia on the installation piece, What We Wrote on the Water. The team of Isabel and Miriam, along with drummer, Tim, have succeeded in offering a wonderous experience to the viewer.

    I attended this dynamic exhibition twice this morning. It runs for about 5 minutes. I definitely recommend scheduling 15 minutes, and sitting to view it two or three times. At first, I watched, listened, as my left brain tried to understand what was occurring before me. Sitting quietly in the dark as it emerged before me a second time, I witnessed it more deeply, feeling the flow of image and words wash around me. And, it continued to linger as a positive awareness all day.

    This is a terrific installation experience, and kudos for making this available during pandemic days. I highly recommend scheduling a visit.

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