LAID BARE (2021) won this year’s Power to the Poets writing contest juried by Elder Duke Redbird and organized by @festofauthors and @thepowerplantto ✴️

Responding to works by @nathanecarson in his recent solo show “Cut From the Same Cloth,” this poem imagines how two figures might respond to their spectators and each other. From their position on canvas, they seek to reclaim their subjectivity from the analytical or white-washed viewer.

Finally, I imagine an encounter between the two characters, where they first freeze in learned defence and then find mutual longing and belonging.

Specific works in reference by Nathan Eugene Carson:
– “Shine On I” (2016)
– “The Divine Feminine is Prevailing” (2020)

Categorized as Poetry

By Darian Razdar

Writer, researcher, and artist with an activist bent.