As I copied this years inauguration poem "One today" by Richard Blanco for a set of plates I focused on each idea, then each word and finally each letter. I committed phrases to memory and as I did I saw my mothers hand in the way I write a "g" I saw my daughters love of poems and typography. The genetics of poems and making things was collaged in my heart.
"Everything is biographical; What we make, why it is made, how we draw a dog, who it is we are drawn to, why we cannot forget. Everything is collage, even genetics. There is the hidden presence of others in us, even those we have known briefly. We contain them for the rest of our lives, at every border we cross."
Michael Ondaatje from "Devisadero"