In the spirit of collaboration and friendship, poet Lance Henson, and I began a blog devoted to his poetry and writing with occasional artworks.


Our intention was not to illustrate his works or to interpret my artworks but simply to inspire and encourage each other in an ongoing dialogue.

Most of our collaboration has been based on his poems past and current with my artworks added but not done in direct response to his words.

Below are the first results of a new strategy, in which I sent images and requested poems from Lance.


they move
between the walled boundaries of metaphor
their wings dripping on our windows
the eyes of flowers trembling in a vicinity of returns
we watch
for signs of passing….

*Hahnomma: tsistsistas word for bee.

©2014 Lance Henson

©2014 Barbara Bartlett

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The collaboration that gave birth to this blog began around 1991, with a painting based on Lance Henson’s poem: Another Song for America.

Another Song for America

driving west on ohio highway 76
just past the kent state turnoff

a soft rain begins
god damn you america
what have you done to your children

the wind speaks their names
any way you breathe it

July 20, 1985
Lance Henson

From: Another Song for America, a collection of poems by Lance Henson, Renegade 13, Point Riders Press, 1987

Portrait of Lance Singing to the Distance
Portrait of Lance: Singing to the Distance, 1991
Oil on canvas, 72″ x 96″

Text © 2012 Lance Henson
Art © 2012 Barbara Bartlett