VERSE FORMS: The Sun and the Song (2018)

Verse Forms: The Sun and the Song

Both begin here: the sunrise

and the song of its rising.

Never the sun without the song,

no matter the singer: the harp,

the cricket, the coral, the wind.

Darkness to day, always and again.

MJ Millington



Written, designed, hand-pieced, hand-quilted and hand-appliquéd by MJ Millington, September 2018. 43” x 36”


Verse Forms is a series of conceptual quilts by MJ Millington exploring poetry in textile form. In this quilt the poet/artist has assigned each letter, space and punctuation mark a color, as revealed in the key, 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.”