As every artist knows, something magic can happen with collaboration -- it becomes a glorious illogical equation in which one plus one equals much more than we might expect. It doesn't always work this way, but it did for poet Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer and me.
It began with an exhibit at the Launchpad in Carbondale, curated by Jill Scher. It was called 12 x 2 and Rosemerry and I came to the notion of doing 12 poems and drawings each in three lines. Because that ended up being an extraordinary experience for each of us, and others, we decided to follow the trail and see where it would take us if we did 33 more -- a total of 45. Those original drawings -- done with Sumi ink on rice paper and Rosemerry's poems printed on rice paper by Reina Katzenberger of max.ink and framed by Marty Schlein of Blue Sky Woodwork, both in Carbondale -- are on exhibit in Telluride October and November, 2016.
Lithic Press of Fruita has published a lovely small book of the collection, thanks to Danny Rosen and Kyle Harvey.