Collaboration #4 Anita Skeen wrote, Guillermo Delgado responded.


Lot’s wife was a pillar of salt by day and a ball of fire by night.
–Anguished English calendar, 2009

In the kitchen, in the cabinet,
a glass cylinder of salt.
Grain upon grain,
in colonnade, shaken loose
with a wrist flick.

When God punished
Lot’s wife for the simple act
of sentiment, for wanting
one more look at her skyline,
a last glimpse of home,

she became salt, an element
the human body can’t do without.
But we never hear her
human story.  We don’t know
what it was she couldn’t resist,

couldn’t forget, would risk
such wrath to see one last time.
Her ginger cat, memories
of the Ark still raw?  A garden
poised to bloom, seeds lifted

from her late mother’s hand?
The bracelet given by a name
before Lot?  Never given
a name, we know her only
as Lot’s wife, a pillar of salt.

In the thermal brines
near the Dead Sea, she adopts
her geologic watch: a female
form, head turning back,
as all women turn:

a straggling child, the missed
chance.  Pillar of salt on the road
to Sodom:  a wound rubbed
into salt. Grain dislodging grain
in the sulfurous wind, crystal listing

toward crystal.  Atom chafing against
atom, flint striking flint, two sticks
smoldering.  For the speechless,
tongues of fire:  teeth-rattling fury
incendiary in the dark.

Guillermo Delgado’s “Untitled #4″ 2009 mixed media on painted wood, 13.25” x 10.25”

Guillermo Delgado’s “Untitled #4″ 2009 mixed media on painted wood, 13.25” x 10.25”

8 thoughts on “Collaboration #4 Anita Skeen wrote, Guillermo Delgado responded.

  1. Dear Guillermo & Anita,
    You work enriches me, and this grey, rainy day. What a marvelous project! A new fan–Demetria

  2. “Pass the salt, please.” It’s no longer an ordinary phrase, but infused with your imagery.

  3. Could the artist possibly post more than one photograph of the artwork? I am interested to see the “cylinders of salt.” Great collaboration!

  4. Thank you for checking out our blog and for your feedback. That’s a great idea!.. I’ll work on it this weekend and let you know when the photos are up.

    Thanks again,


  5. I like this piece because it leaves a lot of room for imagination. The portrait of the blank face could be used for many activities in the classroom. When an artist leaves an area blank on the canvas, I believe that gives students room to use their imagination and they are free to create any type of piece they want to.

  6. This is great, students learn about negative space and free interpretation! I think that what is not explicitly written/drawn is what really makes these pieces. Gives a good example of QUALITY of art versus QUANTITY of art.

  7. Less can illustrate more, and this collection demonstrates that beautifully. I see this in a similar light as Collaboration #6, as a secret that allows the viewer a brief glance into the soul of another, but I digress. The way Anita’s poem explains the blank look of the women in Guillermo’s painting simply intensifies the idea that quantity is not necessary for quality to preside. She extracts an enormous amount of thought from a simple painting, and I believe that is something we should all learn to do.

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