How we love what’s hidden, as when Mary gave us birth from her white 
robed folds but removed all visible scars of broken skin. Curiosity is a an
industry we follow : to make life sacred by removing all we can know. And
we leave, instead, a balcony of shadows leaned-up against a white screen,
spilled as black paint on canvas, while in the sunlight, the nipples of cherry
blossoms, tapped lightly by cool March wind.

Alexandra Mattraw is a third-generation Northern Californian. She shared a residency with artists at the Vermont Studio Center in 2009 with whom she was featured in The New, Weird America art show in 2010. Her lineated poems can be found in VOLT, Cultural Society, and Switchback. She holds an MA in Humanities from University of Chicago and an MFA in poetry from the University of San Francisco.

Anna Hallin is a Swedish/Icelandic artist who lives and works in Reykjavik, Iceland. She graduated with an MFA in Studio Arts from Mills College in 1996. Anna has exhibited in Finland, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Iceland and the US. For further information, please visit her website.