Talk about language arts: poem + art pairings for Poetry Month
Like art, writing’s been one of the liferafts we’ve climbed aboard to keep ourselves afloat during quarantine. For its brevity, poetry is especially equipped to calm—we’re hard-pressed to pay attention to anything for more than a few minutes at the moment. (Raise your hand if that resonates.) A poem offers concentration and concision, clarity and elasticity, relief and reinforcement, and it doesn’t require hours of uninterrupted reading. It’s a low-commitment luxury as undemanding as looking at a piece of art. Plus, there’s so much magnificent poetry out there you’ll have plenty of fodder for 5-min post-Zoom brain breaks. And wouldn’t ya know? It’s National Poetry Month!
To celebrate, we’re reviving our long-running tradition of pairing poems + art. (You might have seen last year’s matchmaking.) Every poem we picked is sourced from poets.org—one of our favorite resources for a little literary respite—paired with 20x200 art, and presented as a couple without comment. If we’ve learned anything from Good Writing 101, it’s show, don’t tell. So we’re letting these pairs speak for themselves.
Read/see all our poetry + art power duos below. Then we recommend you take a stab at some pairings yourself—the process is weirdly satisfying and strangely addictive. Quite frankly, it’s fun as hell.
With art for everyone,
Paired: Matthew Hoffman + Robert Creeley
Paired: Jorge Colombo + Georgia Douglas Johnson
Paired: Michelle Arcila + Robert Frost
Paired: Yen Ha + Ada Limón
Paired: William Wegman + Joe Brainard
Paired: Hilma af Klint + Herman Melville
Paired: Paper Jam Press + W.S. Merwin
Paired: A 20x200 Vintage Edition + William Carlos Williams
Paired: Amy Casey + Maya Angelou