A Poem is a Path (2019)

A Poem is a Path

A poem is a path

that does not

exist until you

take a step.

MJ Millington

Written, designed, machine-pieced and hand-quilted by MJ Millington, January 2019. 12” x 12”

Available for sale through the SAQA Benefit Auction, which will take place online from September 13 through October 6, 2019.


Part of Verse Forms, a series of conceptual quilts exploring poetry in textile form. In this quilt the poet/artist has assigned a particular color to each letter, space and punctuation mark, creating a translation of the poem from typography into color.

From the artist: “Each piece is a poem written by me, then translated into a textile. Each takes a different aspect of the poem—from typography, to spacing, to meter, rhyme, et cetera—and shifts it into a slightly-more-than-2D space, utilizing the attributes of an ancient art form, the quilt. Each piece is written, designed, pieced, appliquéd, and quilted by me, using both hand and machine techniques. Each piece of patchworked fabric represents a letter of the poem, and the improvisational cutting technique adds a sinuous quality to the lines of verse. Words, in the form of colors and shapes, shimmer and sally across the surface of the work, belying the perception of a printed poem as a static object.”