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Biography of the Blade Back Girl Published as Chapbook


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We are thrilled to have our collage published in the form of a small e-book. Admirers can have a copy of the poem that is also a collage, a graphic narrative, and a fairy tale about a woman finding her voice.

Partly published in Redivider and the New Delta Review, originals were exhibited in juried art shows:

Gender in the Balance, August – September 2019 Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie NY

The North by Northwest (NXNW) Exhibition  July – October 2019. Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT

Get your e-book here:



Paintings of Authors in the Snow

Winter is especially inspiring for the artful and art-minded. Absence of chroma leaves room for the mind to imagine colors impossible to see in June.


We spend winter looking for view. Pardon the bacon, by the way, the blueberries don’t mind. We’ll hike through our backyard with Vegas in tow, looking for sights as we crunch through the snow.


Sara pauses to see a poem.swell your essence

And then Vegas smells another volume of poetry in the willows.


Back inside, we sit with books. Faulkner is there. But we keep a close eye on him.

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Hemingway is there too. He is orange inside a stuffy old house in winter. Though mini, this Hem has a big head for outside adventures.IMG_0346

Uh-oh, mini Hem establishes himself against forbears and compeers alike.  Harry Bloom, who wrote all the diagnostics on this kind of conflict, would thank Oedipus for Hem’s aggression in the snowball fight that ensued. IMG_0656

Take that Hawthorne!


Here he is, King of the Mountain. IMG_0652

We’re not sure we can keep this one on our wall for long. Perhaps, you’d fare better. If you’d like to have your own adventures with one of these roguish authors, apply here.

and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @Mrmaxchi Michael Chaney Art


Collage, Poet-Portraits, Fragments & Words, Words, Words

Sara Biggs Chaney and I have been busily working with papery word fragments, piecing them together, layer upon layer, until greeting a face.

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Adrienne Rich

Adrienne Rich, Gwendolyn Brooks, Lucille Clifton, Elizabeth Bishop, and HD. These are poets we admire. Their words forge textures on the page. Each one is an 8×10 artwork collage ready to brighten any room. The beauty of words and faces, of fragments and figures, shines through the glue in each portrait.

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Gwendolyn Brooks

You’ll notice how the titles of the books in the re-worked photo above are comprised of more lines from Brooks’ poetry…. And by the way, for now, our favorite adhesive is liquitex matte  glaze.


Lucille Clifton

There are stiffer papers used in the Clifton collage above. Collage challenges the camera and our eyes to see things normally perceived through touch–like contour, edge, weight.

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We selected our subjects for the force of their original poetry. And we wanted to memorialize great poets.


Elizabeth Bishop

We prefer mod podge and home made mixtures for other projects, but these were perfect for the matte glaze. The paper and words are the focus of these portraits.

We hope you like them.

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Michael and Sara

To purchase one of these portraits or to see more,  visit the shop




new visual poem in Florida Review

We are pleased to have a visual poem up at Florida Review online or Aquifier with Sara Biggs Chaney

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New Collage published in New Delta Review

Some intricacies of cut paper appear in the latest issue here


check out more here


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see more on our collaborative website here

Where to Submit Visual Poetry

Here’s a new list of magazine rankings for those poets who traffic in the pictorial…


And check out our Biography of the Blade Back Girl. It’s in the form of a small e-book.

Art for your holiday season

I have been making art for many years.

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I began painting as a child. My mother taught and encouraged my brother and I to take our art-making very seriously.

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Masked Birches and Orange Winter Window

My latest pieces feature foraged materials and poems by my co-artner Sara Biggs Chaney.


A close up of “New Ember” (as in November)

When seen up close, they offer intimate reading experiences. At room distance, they liven up any wall.


I paint all of these with oil paint. Most are on stretched denim or jeans fabric. I enjoy the ridged effect of the denim as a ground for painting landscapes especially.


I paint landmarks from Cleveland and Vermont–my two homes.


Birches and Big Fun–a Coventry-neighborhood icon in Cleveland

The two places mingle well together when outfitted in the same durable gear.


Peaches and Wood        9 inches by 9 inches

The wooden frames distinguish the art and highlight the fabric it is painted on. In the end, it is about making art that I can share with others.

Hence, this post–as well as the etsy shop where all of these works can be purchased.

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Stop by and let me know your favorite:…





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