art after darkOn September 28, 2017, nine poets from California State University, Bakersfield collaborated with the Bakersfield Museum of Art as part of their “Art After Dark” series to present poems inspired by the work on display by the artists Gwynn Murrill, Javier Carrillo, and Astrid Preston.  Thanks to the vision and hard work of Development Coordinator Alli Duncan and Curator Rachel Magnus, the event was a smashing success, and thanks to support by Curt Asher, Dean of the Walter Stiern Library, and Robert Frakes, Dean of the School of Arts & Humanities at CSUB, the attendees were given a chapbook featuring the poems and art that inspired them. Rabid Oak is publishing these poems as Issue 1.5.

Poems Inspired by the Work of Javier Carrillo

“Inflatable Youth” and “el taquero” by Shelby Pinkham

“Raw Wood” and “El Rojo” by Anthony Jauregui

“[Everywhere Apart]” and “Hands in the Form of ‘Let Go’ “ by Mateo Lara

Poems Inspired by the Work of Gwynn Murrill

“Pearl” and “High Tide” by Sunnee Crider

“To Hold” by Jeremy Casabella

“Native” and “Sororal” by Chyna Parker

Poems Inspired by the Work of Astrid Preston

“Early Morning Light” by Amber Giese

“A Picture Worth 100 Words” and “Seasons” by Carolina Ruiz

“Since, or Sense” by Matthew Woodman