Machine and hand embroidery on linen and cotton
91" x 73"

In response to seeing this embroidery in progress at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts residency, poet Conrad Hilberry sent me the following:

Seen close, it’s a forest of vertical
strings, darker or lighter.

Stepping back, it becomes
a swooping lower lip,

then a hollow with a glimpse
of tongue and shadowy

front teeth, curving upper lip
nipped in the middle, fabric

breathing, speaking.

--Conrad Hilberry, 2010

The poem is included in Hilberry's latest collection of work Until the Full Moon Has it's Say published by Wayne State University Press.