A Poem is Never Finished...
Shortly after the most recent group of residents arrived on June 18, Christine Shank made a photograph of a stack of David Groff's unfinished poems. The image quickly came to exemplify this particular group of Fellows and the close, unanticipated connections they made with each other across disciplines.
"'A poem is never finished, only abandoned,' said Paul Valery. And I'm unwilling to abandon mine.
I keep revising them, thinking I can get them exactly right, and I bring a whole duffle bag of drafts with me whenever I travel to write. It's my albatross. But I'm glad to carry it."
- David Groff
"What I appreciate most about my experience here at Saltonstall is the inspiration and influence that has come from both the ideal location and the other people at the residency.
There is a delicate balance of reliance, appreciation and tenderness that develop between residents, which allows for the exchange of ideas and inspiration.
I was immediately struck by the care and history contained in this stack of poems of fellow resident, David Groff.
When he told me the story of tucking these poems into a duffle bag and bringing them with him to multiple residencies I just became more attracted to this object and was delighted when he gave me permission to borrow them to make a photograph.
The gift of time and space here at Saltonstall has recharged me as an image-maker."