Verse Forms (2018-ongoing)

Verse Forms is a series of conceptual quilts by MJ Millington exploring poetry in textile form. 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.”

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Verse Forms: Binary

A smooth black stone

weighs on the chest

says you are not home.

Not, there is no home.

-MJ Millington

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

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Verse Forms: Space I

A poem is a path

in an unknown

direction; it

does not exist

until you step

-MJ Millington

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