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Prints + poems paired

It’s National Poetry Month, and our team of self-professed lit lovers is commemorating the occasion with our annual series of poetry and art pairings—bound for your inbox every Saturday in April.

We’ve got a history of pairing prints + poetry that goes way back to 20x200’s early days. Once you see the exercise in action, you’ll understand why—the two art forms make fascinating bedfellows. Presented side-by-side without explanation, they enter into an exchange, a restrained tango danced at a distance. Suggestive similarities deepen our appreciation for each work. And if we’re being honest, playing matchmaker with art and poems is a truly satisfying brain teaser. Our first batch of pairings features poetry by Kate Baer, William J. Harris, and A.R. Ammons.

Prints + Poems

Brush up on your iambic pentameter and get cozy with consonance—it’s time for our second installment of poetry + art pairings! We’re pairing poems with our prints every Saturday in April to celebrate National Poetry Month, like the proud word nerds we are. Our second batch of pairings features poetry by Joe Brainard, Buck Downs, and Cleo Wade:

Our weekend word-meets-art series continues in honor of National Poetry Month. This fresh round of poetry + print pairings might be our favorite yet. Per usual, all these poems are handpicked faves, and of course all the awesome art is available on 20x200. Our third batch of pairings features poetry by Eileen Myles, CAConrad, and Diane Seuss:

It’s the last weekend of April, which means our last, glorious round of poetry and art pairings in celebration of National Poetry Month. In case you’re just tuning in now, we’ve been matching 20x200 artwork with poems all month—12 paired prints + poems in total. The results are refreshing, revealing and, TBH, they were seriously fun to assemble. Dig into all our art + poem duos on the blog, and peep our final pairings below. And of course, pour one out for the end of National Poetry Month! Our fourth batch of pairings features poetry by Suzanne Buffman, Mary Oliver, and Nikki Giovanni: