ARTIST : Anne Lindberg
ARTWORK : parallel 10 (plumbago), 2007 (graphite on board, 2007)
EXHIBITION : “Thoreau Reconsidered” at Concord Art Association (Concord, MA ; fall 2008)
NOTE : artist has seen this poem
Anne Lindberg’s parallel 10 (plumbago), 2007
How these lines fallen straight
from a single hand
graph the common ancestry of
How their placement in fields
of shine or shade
trace our well-spaced gatherings
at mountain cabins, mistletoed tables.
How their strokes in multitudes
surpass the simple tally
of children’s drawings.
Just as, years ago,
once past the age of pencils,
I couldn’t put a number to
the ardor which grew for him,
my lingering teenage cousin.
How this plumbago keeps
that narrow berth
always between us.
by Therese L. Broderick