bruise bullet flower
Artist: Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Authors: Reginald Dwayne Betts, Jericho Brown, Natalie Diaz, Ross Gay, Aracelis Girmay, Rickey Laurentiis, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Safiya Sinclair, Tracy K. Smith, R.A. Villanueva, and Phillip B. Williams.
Publisher: Woodland Pattern Book Center (2019)
Rachel Eliza Griffiths composed the photographs in bruise bullet flower in her Brooklyn studio over a two-day period in May 2018. Each project participant identifies as black or brown and queer, and the only direction Griffiths offered to each person as they arrived one-by-one was to explore and confront the materials she placed in the room.
This chapbook was produced in celebration of bruise bullet flower’s debut exhibition at Woodland Pattern in spring 2019. The poems included in this volume were curated by Griffiths, who invited brown and black authors living in the United States to contribute their voices to the project.
Rachel Eliza Griffiths’ bruise bullet flower exhibition and chapbook publication were facilitated by Woodland Pattern as part of What Is It, Then, Between Us?: Poetry & Democracy, the Poetry Coalition’s third annual programming initiative on a theme of social importance. The question “What Is It, Then, Between Us?” comes from Walt Whitman’s poem “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.”