Why I write...
To me, the right image can evoke an exact moment of time or place, the way a scent can transport you back to your grandma’s house. I use poetry to investigate all kinds of things I want to know about -- a rare text of herbal remedies, the history of the Bartram family of botanists, Charles Darwin - or how to explain answering machines to a 20-year old. Poets are typically solitary kinds of people and there are definitely times when I need to go away for a few days by myself and write. But I am really inspired by collaboration as you see from my projects on the page and on the stage.
With Claire Owen, a Philadelphia painter and book artist, Sage, began as a cycle of poems that grew into a rare herbal text and grew into an artist book, broadside, and exhibition.
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Beth and collaborative partner Claire Owen were part of Bartram's Box Remix, a exhibition presented by the Center for Art in Wood and Philadelphia's Bartram's Garden, home of famed 18th century explorer and botanist John Bartram.
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DId you date before the Internet? Before cell phones? Before answering machines? RetroLove is a collection of sweet and sexy reminiscences about relationships of a certain vintage.
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