Robert Beam

Series Entry 4.1


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Series 4

Robert Beam and Kristin Howe

In this conversation between visual and verbal, Robert Beam and Kristin Howe explore the nature of human patterns. Call it ritual, tradition, religion…heck, call it convention—so much of our existence is propelled by the innate need to connect to, or diverge from, the way those lived before us. For better or worse.

Apologies

 

Some children forget what their hands are for

and have to teach themselves to expand, unfold, debone;

They face their open fists flat like fans at the sky to eat,

and mistake the bodies of their elders

for the rungs of ladders;

cling, twist, climb, multiply

until they find their many palms pressed

against their mothers blushing,

forced to pray.


Kristin Howe

Series Entry 4.2


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Series 4

Robert Beam and Kristin Howe

In this conversation between visual and verbal, Robert Beam and Kristin Howe explore the nature of human patterns. Call it ritual, tradition, religion…heck, call it convention—so much of our existence is propelled by the innate need to connect to, or diverge from, the way those lived before us. For better or worse.


Robert Beam

Series Entry 4.3


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Series 4

Robert Beam and Kristin Howe

In this conversation between visual and verbal, Robert Beam and Kristin Howe explore the nature of human patterns. Call it ritual, tradition, religion…heck, call it convention—so much of our existence is propelled by the innate need to connect to, or diverge from, the way those lived before us. For better or worse.

traces

shape

shadows

fold

ages

hang

thread

ourselves in every empty picture


Kristin Howe

Series Entry 4.4


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Series 4

Robert Beam and Kristin Howe

In this conversation between visual and verbal, Robert Beam and Kristin Howe explore the nature of human patterns. Call it ritual, tradition, religion…heck, call it convention—so much of our existence is propelled by the innate need to connect to, or diverge from, the way those lived before us. For better or worse.


Robert Beam

Series Entry 4.5


Description

Series 4

Robert Beam and Kristin Howe

In this conversation between visual and verbal, Robert Beam and Kristin Howe explore the nature of human patterns. Call it ritual, tradition, religion…heck, call it convention—so much of our existence is propelled by the innate need to connect to, or diverge from, the way those lived before us. For better or worse.

We spin stones in a centrifuge,

their progress a loop of

vertical symmetry,

a relentless and unwillful act, they drill,

a slow, eternal chip shaping of a home

that we won’t say is real

until the walls are mirrors of our

own smooth skin.

Turn off the hallway light,

won’t you dear?


Kristin Howe

Series Entry 4.6


Description

Series 4

Robert Beam and Kristin Howe

In this conversation between visual and verbal, Robert Beam and Kristin Howe explore the nature of human patterns. Call it ritual, tradition, religion…heck, call it convention—so much of our existence is propelled by the innate need to connect to, or diverge from, the way those lived before us. For better or worse.


Robert Beam

Series Entry 4.7


Description

Series 4

Robert Beam and Kristin Howe

In this conversation between visual and verbal, Robert Beam and Kristin Howe explore the nature of human patterns. Call it ritual, tradition, religion…heck, call it convention—so much of our existence is propelled by the innate need to connect to, or diverge from, the way those lived before us. For better or worse.

Valleys

33

These valleys are barren.

Their swimming pool bottoms stretch flat and dry dragging,

smooth and pale as paper,

drawn by a distant fine line that doesn’t concede

to sentiment. Sediment,

Give me a map of the stars and I will lead you to

the cracks of a dry canal.

They are, after all, holes in the sky burned by

time travel and beauty

and life too small for James D. or his brothers to see.

Trust is another word

for ignorance, or hope, or knowing

just like the dust

is at once wind and sky and earth.

The dust,

these valleys are made of.


Kristin Howe

Series Entry 4.8


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Series 4

Robert Beam and Kristin Howe

In this conversation between visual and verbal, Robert Beam and Kristin Howe explore the nature of human patterns. Call it ritual, tradition, religion…heck, call it convention—so much of our existence is propelled by the innate need to connect to, or diverge from, the way those lived before us. For better or worse.