It's hard to assign one particular painting to either of these two poems. I was taken with an overall impression of Loren Christoffson's exciting exhibit. His focus on positive and negative space in many of his pieces prompted me to play with the idea of 'weight and weightlessness' as in 'mind over matter'. And the poem 'burn out' was prompted by painting Face of a Young Woman Stained with Tears where a mountain top looks like the head of a bird, plus several of his pieces where he flattens space between mountains into the pattern of a bird. Both poems were infused with the agitation and concern I'm feeling about global warming and the toxic cultural/political nature of our times.
Mostly Face of a Young Woman Stained with Tears (Study), 2022
the weight of the Sky
the layers of rock
causing soul loss
of a mountain