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Debora Greger, Poet and Professor Emerita, UF
Poetry interns from the MFA program in Creative Writing at UF
We write poems inspired by art in the Harn’s collection, whether for galleries being rehung or for temporary exhibits. These are available for vistors to peruse. Poems have also been recorded as part of an audio tour and printed on postcards.
We cook up the poetry activity page on Family Guides to the Asian Wing, where we’re housed. When the Asian curators create an exhibition hall show, we contribute to the Family Guide for it as well. For Life Is a Highway, the Poets’ footprints were all over “The Time Time-Traveler’s Guide to the Tokaido Road.”
We pop up at several Museum Nights during the year, offering visitors the opportunity to sit down at our table, write something inspired by the art they’ve seen and then, very often, fold it into origami related to the theme of the evening.
We feature the Word Blast at two Museum Nights each school year, one in the fall, one in spring. UF undergrads––the interns’ students––bring poems they’ve written about pieces on display and read them aloud.
May 4, 3 pm
Harn Poets-in-Residence Debora Greger, Danny Duffy and Corinne Titus will share the results of their explorations of the objects on view in Divergent Convergence. The poets will read original compositions inspired by works of art such as the Yayoi Kusama painting, Hiroshi Sugimoto photograph, and the Lee Leenam video.
July 9 • Museum Nights
"Petals on a Wet Black Bough"
Writing & origami inspired by Ezra Pound’s poetry, designed by Cary Marcous & Elaina Mercatoris
July 29 • Teacher Poetry Workshop
Led by Elaina Mercatoris
MFA student Eileen Rush joins the Poets-in-Residence
October 8 • Museum Nights
"Something in the Air"
Writing on & folding things with wings, inspired by exhibit of nature drawings
November 12 • Museum Nights
"Word Blast debut!"
Students of Elaina Mercatoris & Eileen Rush read their original poems about Harn art