If These Walls

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IF THESE WALLS…A.I.R. GALLERY AND UNY

image courtesy of A.I.R. Gallery

In the summer of 2010, A.I.R. Gallery, which has been advocating for women in the visual arts since 1972, transformed one of the 19th century houses in Governor's Island's Nolan Park with a series of site-specific works including painting, sculpture, photography, works on paper and more. Alongside their annual group exhibition was the Underwater New York Project Room, where seven A.I.R. Gallery artists exhibited work based on the NYC waterways. Underwater New York invited three poets—Hossannah Asuncion, Morgan Parker and Katy Lederer—to write new work inspired by the visual art of A.I.R. artists Melissa Murray, Erica Stoller and Maxine Henryson. Read the poems and view the artwork that sparked them below.


 Floating by Erica Stoller

Floating by Erica Stoller

 

WATER ISN’T FREE AND NEITHER ARE YOU
by MORGAN PARKER

When our aunt died
last week, my brother
called to tell me I
would die too. The deep end
is relative, is the first thing
they teach us. River means
nigger. Nigger
means hollow.
Censor means savior.
Curve means come…

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EPHEMERAL by HOSSANNAH ASUNCION

The wisest words the young
speak reach us from the grave.
Bluer words than cobalt.
Blues to hold white
to hold a tea that we
hold when the blue
in seafoam is neither
nor ether.

 

There is a hungry ocean’s mouth.
Sometimes the drowned return
a softer glass than they ever intended.
They are no more to hold water.
How. They were the water.

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 Nest by Melissa Murray

Nest by Melissa Murray


 Hudson Everyday by Maxine Henryson

Hudson Everyday by Maxine Henryson

 

PARTICULATES by KATY LEDERER

The top-
ic under-

taken.
Train,

ident-
ify de-

ficiency. The de-
ification in pre-

viously.
Source

of the long
spectral line's

ab-
sorption.

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