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"Overheard at the Zoo"
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Collaborators' Q & A
Bsided: What inspires you in this poem?
Artist Se Thut Quon: I am inspired by the poem's humor and its sadness. I appreciated how incompleteness opens up the imagination.
Bsided: What surprised you about this collaborative piece?
Poet Jessica Johnson: The background scene in the broadside very much reflects the shape of the specific zoo where I overheard the lines in this poem. I was surprised by this and actually did a little research to see if the artist lives in Portland. Though the poem itself is just these overheard lines, I enjoyed the fact that it might also convey something particular about the location in which the lines were overheard.
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Meet The Collaborators:
Jessica Johnson is a community college instructor in Portland, Oregon, where she lives with her husband and small children. Her poems and essays have appeared in Tin House; Paris Review; The New Republic; Brain, Child; and Harvard Review among others, and she has new work in 32 Poems and The Account. Her chapbook In Absolutes We Seek Each Other (New Michigan Press) was an Oregon Book Award finalist.
Artist Se Thut Quon lives in Kentucky.
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