Leslie Schultz

On Biography

to those I leave behind

I would write a book that cannot burn,
a book of clear-running water,
complete, with song and wisdom—stern
as my beautiful daughter.

All biography ends in death.
All lifelines run their seaward course.
Read me again, while you have breath,
until you know my secret's source.

Mozart at Age Five: Kõechel #1

So complete, this deft-handed beginning:
delicate but assured. Fine bones.
Precise but varied as the world's spinning.

You can smell ambition. He's keen on pinning
down those faint, celestial tones.
Quite complete, his deft-handed beginning.

Young gambler, he's intent on winning
applause and love, those polished stones,
pretty and varied as the world's spinning.

The music of the spheres bows to him, keening—
harpsichord anticipates trombones.
So complete, this deft-handed beginning.

Composers know each note means re-beginning,
borrowing what one never owns,
precise but varied as the earth's spinning.

Like ladders, in his dreams come patterns leaning—
he dreams up sonic lattices and cones.
So completes this deft-handed beginning,
precise but varied as the world's spinning.


Leslie Schultz studied creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and at the M.F.A. program at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA. She now lives in Northfield, Minnesota. She has poems forthcoming in The Midwest Quarterly and The Wayfarer. Her work has appeared in The Madison Review, The Mid-American Poetry Review; Stone Country; Sun Dog; and in a chapbook, Living Room, (Midwestern Writers' Publishing House) and in Everything Comes to Light (The Cramers Press). In 2013, she won first prize at the Great River Shakespeare Festival/Maria W. Faust Sonnet Competition. She has published two middle-grade novels, The Howling Vowels and And Sometimes Y (Do Life Right, Inc.). Schultz blogs on art and life, and would love it if you'd visit her website: www.winonamedia.net.


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Jenna Le, Anne-Marie Thompson, and Chelsea Woodard join editor Kim Bridgford at the tenth-anniversary Mezzo Cammin panel at the Poetry by the Sea conference.

Sophia Galifianakis was the recipient of the Mezzo Cammin scholarship.

Corpus VI was formed in 2003, when six women figurative painters, who studied together at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, united to curate, exhibit and present our work to the public on our own terms, and launch our artistic careers. The name was chosen because it reflected our shared commitment to figurative representation. Clarity Haynes, Elena Peteva, and Suzanne Schireson were three of the founding members of the group, which organized an inaugural, self-titled show at Philadelphia's Highwire Gallery in the spring of 2005. The exhibition essay was written by Jeffrey Carr, Dean of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The exhibition was very well-attended and reviewed in several art publications.

The experience of working together to successfully realize this exhibition, as well as the continuous dialogue and exchange of ideas on contemporary figuration, has proven to be greatly valuable to us. Ten years after graduating from PAFA, as our careers have taken us to different locations across the United States, three of the original members, Clarity Haynes, Suzanne Schireson, and Elena Peteva, have come together to reinvent the collective by inviting one artist each to be part of this exhibition that will begin at the New Bedford Art Museum in fall 2015 and travel to other institutions.

Holly Trostle Brigham, Stacy Latt Savage and Laurie Kaplowitz are professional figurative artists, whose strong artistic visions enrich the collective's range and explorations of contemporary representation. We are excited at the prospect of seeing our work all together in new configurations, creating new dialogues. Holly Brigham creates imaginative, narrative watercolors, which tell a feminist story, inserting her artistic persona into art historical narratives and mythologies. Laurie Kaplowitz uses textured paint to create personages that hint at the soul within, alluding to rituals of marking, scarring and adorning the body as an integral part of our human identity and presentation. Stacy Latt Savage combines figurative elements with fabricated structures and shapes to create objects that capture what it looks like to feel human and the complexities of our human condition. Clarity Haynes casts new light on ideas of beauty, femininity and embodiment through her realistic painted portraits of the female torso. Elena Peteva creates allegorical representations of our individual and social states through the human figure and subtle, charged, incomplete signs that invite the viewer's attempt for interpretation. Suzanne Schireson is influenced by her great-grandfather's autobiography as an early plastic surgeon and her paintings examine contradictions surrounding the birth of cosmetic surgery, such as the power to heal and the fostering of insecurity.
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