Sculpture, poetry, bikes and a mid-life crisis

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By Special to the Monitor

Two Los Alamos authors will sign their books from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Otowi Station Bookstore. Darla Graff Thompson will sign “erratic, ecstatic, et cetera,” her collection of poems and images of her sculpture, and Andi Kron will sign “Freewheeling at 50: Tales of a Mid-Life Bicycle Crisis.”

The two shared their thoughts on writing and creativity.

Thompson said her poetry evolved from her sculpture. “I’ve been making sculptures since about 1980. By the mid-to-late 1980s, I would write a poem for each sculpture, often coming up with the words of the poem while my hands were in the clay.

“I would write the poem on a piece of paper and stuff it inside the hollow sculpture when it was done. As more of my mental energy went into chemistry and science, graduate and post-graduate work, the sculptures became more and more a part of keeping my life’s balance.”

She continued, “By the time I met my husband, I had dozens and dozens of sculptures in the house. He had the idea to document the sculptures with photos and he began doing this. It was a natural thing for me to create pages that included both the poem and the photo of the sculpture.”

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