Michael Lasater Gallery
 Stilts (2017)                                                  single-channel video, stereo

Single-channel HD video, stereo.
Digitized archive photo, tooled digital objects, text, animation, sampled and synthesized sound.

How does a poem mean? The boy is me sometime in the mid 1950s. My father made the stilts, then made a picture, as he would say, on our Brownie box camera. The desert and mountains are from a vacation snapshot. The words in the floating panels are from poems written by others – mostly Mark Strand – ordinary words free for the taking but connected nevertheless to the poets who used them. The voices are of Jim Wayne Miller and Wilma Dykeman, both now passed away, writers who shared their time, work, and words with me.