Poet 2 Poet
The Skylight Gallery in the Library at Governors State University and OBJECT POETRY invited participants to pair an object with a poem for display from February 20 – May 20, 2017. By using ordinary objects presented in specific ways and paired with text, the viewer is given a puzzle to solve and a world to create or discover.
Object / Poetry
● Found Object – already exists,
commonly available, valued at or
purchased for $25 or less,
naturally occurring or man made.
● May be written by the participant
or another author; identify and
credit the author.
● Object size – approximately 10-12
inches or smaller in any direction,
not to exceed 20 inches in any
● Poem length – one 8.5×11 page
poem preferred, two page
● Object material – NO perishable,
hazardous, fragile or highly
● Poem format – creative formatting
is encouraged, font selection,
color, collage, etc. that relates to
the exhibition concept.
Among the multitude of species on planet Earth, humans take the lead in collecting and considering objects, followed closely by the packrat, the bower bird, and crows. Although utility is often the motivation for our collection of objects, memory associations, aesthetic considerations, and emotional resonance are typically the driving forces that cause us to cherish our precious things. These associative qualities connecting objects to our humanity are often best expressed through poetry, and so the OBJECT POETRY exhibition was conceived.
In celebration of National Poetry Month in Apr