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Inspiration: A Conversation About Poetry, Art and Music with Larry Thomas and Lon Chaffin

Leora Zeitlin

The subtle colors, delicate brushwork and subject matter of Georgia O’Keeffe’s painting “From the Faraway, Nearby” inspired Texas Poet Laureate Larry D. Thomas to write a poem that would allow him “to enter the mind of the painter.” His poem was then used by composer and NMSU Music Department Chair Lon Chaffin to compose a choral work that was premiered at the spring concert of the University Singers. Thomas and Chaffin came to the KRWG studios on April 9, 2013 to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about inspiration and the creative process, and ekphrastic art – when one work of art inspires the creation of another.