Source & Method
The source text is The Cloisters (New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1951, 11th ed.; 1st ed. 1938), a guide to the medieval art collected in The Cloisters museum. I overlay translucent images, black out much of the text with blocks made of the repeated letter “i” or “I,” and highlight the text of the found poem. In this series, I treat the page spatially as a cloister, and my “writing” chisels out hidden interiors within those confines while speculating about the poetic “I,” and authorship, in a pretty direct sense.
Michelle Gil-Montero is a poet and translator of contemporary Latin American poetry, hybrid-genre work, and criticism. Her books include Object Permanence (Ornithopter Press) and the chapbook Attached Houses (Brooklyn Arts Press).