​Matt Daly, O! How We Play

Presented by The Center

Matt Daly, O! How We Play

Artist Talk: July 6 12-1pm

Exhibition on display June 8 – July 31

“O! How We Play” is a collection of poetic experiments that emphasize the reader’s role in the creative process of making meaning. Each of the stanzas in the poem—written by some of Jackson’s finest poets and focused on shared aspects of life in this place—can be assembled with the other stanzas in any combination or order. This is what I love most about poetry: without you, the reader, a poem is unfinished. Poetry requires us—the poet and the reader—to develop a relationship. I believe that forging creative relationships might help us to live well together.


Poets contributing stanzas to this exhibition include:

Matt Daly
Sheryl Haft
Cassandra Lee
Beverly Leys
Susan Marsh
Susan Scarlata
Jocelyn Slack
Connie Wieneke

Thanks to Brian Nystrom for his help constructing “Cube.”

Special thanks to Mike and the staff at Stinky Prints.


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Artist Statement

“O! How We Play” is a collection of poetic experiments that emphasize the reader’s role in the creative process of making meaning. Each of the stanzas in the poem—written by some of Jackson’s finest poets and focused on shared aspects of life in this place—can be assembled with the other stanzas in any combination or order. This is what I love most about poetry: without you, the reader, a poem is unfinished. Poetry requires us—the poet and the reader—to develop a relationship. I believe that forging creative relationships might help us to live well together.

Artist Bio

Matt Daly is a poet and teacher. Primarily working with words, his poems regularly draw upon the imagery and rhythms of his homeground in the American West. That said, Matt also gravitates toward explorations of new territory and looks forward to those moments when his work takes a turn in an unexpected direction. This exhibition, his first, is, to use Wallace Stegner’s words, part sticker and part boomer.

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