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cheryl snell and janet snell


Where there was nothing
here comes a line. Call it 
possibility, which is simply a mark 
drawing down an urge known 
as imagination. An image occurs 
revealing two kinds of space: 
name them intuition and experience.
One may lose the original image 
in its own smudges, but ink stains 
itself spontaneous 
and here, the image lost then found
lives in the space made for it— 
in angles of embrace or pulled apart 
elbows on knees, hands palming cheeks
sometimes with head bowed, glance askance 
at the unknowns still to be etched 
on the paper's long expanse.

Janet and Cheryl Snell are sisters who collaborate on art and poetry projects. One such project, 'Prisoner's Dilemma' won the Lopside Press Chapbook Competition. Recent collaborations have appeared in Mixitini Matrix, PANK, Moss Trill, and Gnarled Oak. The Snells keep a blog called Scattered Light. In the present collaborative work, the drawing was done by Janet, while Cheryl wrote the poem to underscore the geometric shapes in the picture.