This memory popped up a couple days ago, and — considering the suitability of the season — it’s prime for re-appraisal.
Back in 2008, I participated in the Arts Kaleidoscope exhibition in Muncie, Indiana — an event (at the unfortunately erstwhile Gallery 308) which paired writers with visual artists, the former creating works inspired by the latter. I was privileged to get matched up with painter Jim Faulkner, a regional legend of sorts who passed away last January. In a May, 2021 story for the Muncie Journal, Faulkner was called the “Ambassador of Indiana’s Beauty.”
My task was to create a poem that paid tribute to Faulkner’s simply-titled watercolor, “The Woods,” while imparting my own voice and style. What I came up with was the following poem, “Heckle and Jeckle’s Catch-22.”