On the Other Hand: Poets and the Practice of Drawing

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 to Saturday, March 26, 2022
An abstract image with blue, green, and black lines.

Works by Sommer Browning, Renee Gladman, Tim Johnson, Kit Schluter, Brandon Shimoda, giovanni singleton, and Lynn Xu, curated by Joshua Edwards

Thoreau wrote, “The art of life, of a poet’s life, is, not having anything to do, to do something.” This might mean at times turning the line away from letters and toward images, as each of the poets represented in On the Other Hand have done. These seven artists—through drawings, sketches, scores, doodles, cartoons, contours, calligrams, and other mark-making—give shape to visions and concerns in ways that show the brilliance of the creative spirit finding its forms.

This is a physical exhibit that will be displayed in the Jeremy Ingalls Gallery at the Poetry Center.

Image credit: Detail from "The Sea (II)" by Lynn Xu