The Minister’s Daughter

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The technique is called blockout poetry, a type of found poetry. I used selected words from a page in one of Flannery O’Connor’s short stories. You can faintly see some of the page coming through in the background. —Dale Patterson

I want my art and writing to have humility, to be clear and void of deception. I want my audience to see without distraction, to feel I have not wasted their time with pomposity. I want to create bold, clean images and write simple, declarative sentences that cause people to confront their humanity.