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“Faded Hands: Clapping” is part of a series by Bill Buell and currently on display at Crossings’ fifth annual Poetography exhibit.

Crossings’ sixth Poetography exhibit, featuring 22 photographs and the poetry they inspired, recently opened and continues through Oct. 4.

For this exhibit, photographers submitted photos, 22 of which were selected for inclusion.

The photos were posted on the Crossings website, where writers could view them and write poems inspired by one or more of the photos. Of the 150 poems submitted, just one for each photo was selected by a jury.

In the exhibit, these poems hang beside the photos with which they are paired.

From a broken down railroad bridge disappearing into the mist to two girls running in the rain, the photographs evoke a breadth of emotion and meaning, according to promoters.

Submitted poems often expressed different interpretations of the same photo, and viewers may be surprised by the selected poem’s perspective.

A black-and-white photo titled, “Faded Hands: Clapping” by Bill Buell of New Richmond, Wisconsin, prompted Justin Watkins of Rochester to write “Last Fish.” The poem partly reads,

Hands coarse and heavy

Hands of countless miles

Now in recession

But they can still cup a fish

And hold a life with care

Buell said he took the photograph while interviewing senior citizens, asking them, “What have your hands done?”

The response for this photo was, “My grandson surprised me with an orchid. I was so happy I clapped.”

Watkins said the photo prompted him to write a poem he’s been thinking about for a long time.

“This image brought me straight to my grandfather's weathered and well-worn hands. One of the final focused memories I have of them was shaped on the day we last fished together,” he added.

In all, 39 photographers and writers from around the region have work included in Poetography VI.

A closing reception and poetry reading is set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday Oct. 4. The reception and reading are free and open to the public.

The exhibit is free and can be viewed during regular hours including 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Crossings is located at 320 East Ave., Zumbrota. Find more information at www.crossingsatcarnegie.com.

At a glance …

What: Poetography VI

When: Exhibit open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday to Wednesday and Fridays; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays

Where: Crossings at Carnegie, 320 East Ave., Zumbrota

Cost: Free

More info: 507-732-7616 or www.crossingsatcarnegie.com

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