ON THE ART OF ANA MENDIETA

LIZA SPARKS

(Untitled (Glass on Body Imprints – Face), 1972)

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thebody ……..……..lest we forget themalleability of thehuman body theseriousness of play
……..thebody ……..when I was small I pressed myface against thecar window attempting
..thebody ……..……to dissolve theboundaries there is nothing more beautiful than
………..thebody …..thetransformation of thebody thebody responds to pressure
……..thebody …..tongue and lips leave theglass wet we are always leaving imprints
………..thebody
…………..thebodythebottom of myfeet on earth and on stone myfingertips on keys
thebody …………….pressing I am always pressing do we ever cease to be separate things
….thebody …………does theglass ever become yourface does thephotograph ever become yourbody
………..thebody …..do we ever cease to be human and when are we ever more than
thebody

LIZA SPARKS is a feminist writer, poet, early childhood educator, and creative. She is a brown, multiracial, pansexual woman living and writing in Colorado. Liza holds her BA in poetry from Colorado College and attended on an El Pomar Scholarship for leadership and civic engagement. She also holds an MA in community education (with a concentration in early childhood) from Goddard College. Liza was a finalist for Denver Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop Emerging Writer Fellowship in Poetry 2019 and a semifinalist for Button Poetry’s Chapbook Contest 2018. She has been published with Stain’d Arts, Suspect Press, and TinySpoon.You can find her on Instagram @sparksliza534

TINY SPILLS
  • Tabs open on your screen right now: conjuring etymology,” “Yes! Magazine,” “Wikipedia: Salon (gathering); Mana,” “Book Riot: The Best Environmental Books for Readers who want to save the planet,” “10 Anxiety Hacks Therapists Swear By” “Bitch Media,” “Lit Hub,” & “the body is not an apology”

  • What should we know: This poem is from a series of three ekphrastic poems I wrote on the art of Ana Mendieta. Mendieta was a Cuban American artist whose work is deeply feminist, tactile, in the body, and of the earth…I love her. “My art is the way I reestablish the bonds that tie me to the universe” (Ana Mendieta 1948-1985).

  • Guilty literary pleasure: I’m trying not to feel guilty about my pleasure…that being said…I like engaging in erasure poetry…which feels incredibly subversive…I feel a tinge of guilt every time I put a marker to a book…and then I get over it

  • Best book nobody talks about: Life as Activism: June Jordan’s Writings from the Progressive