Denise Dumars, Debbie Kolodji,
Greg Stewart, Stephania Ebony, and Samantha Henderson at the Getty
(not shown) Christopher Vera and Lois Jones
Today was a very full day of poetry at the Getty, a very inspiring place to write poetry of any sort. Several special exhibits were particularly inspiring to speculative poetry: "Radiant Darkness: The Art of Nocturnal Light," "Medieval Beasts," "Zoopsia" (visual hallucination of animals using photograph collages), and "Cudry's Painted Menagerie." I ended up writing first drafts of two poems, the first one inspired by a Palissy ceramic bowl from 1550 and the second by a painting by Gerrit Dou, Astronomer by Candlelight, from the late 1650's.
I also have seedling ideas for another half a dozen poems.
Afterwards, Greg, Denise, Stephania, samhenderson and I went back to Greg's house where we were joined by his wife Helen and enjoyed hot bowls of Greg's homemade chili and more poetry talk late into the night.