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Word Art: Certain Parts

Word Art: Certain Parts

Illustration above by @sophieleeya

My theology degree includes an emphasis in “theology and the arts,” which meant that before picking up that degree, I’d have to create a thesis project that theologically explored a theme, using art. I seriously considered writing a novel, before determining I had to do something more intestinal first. I returned to poetry, something I hadn’t done in a while, and got a few things off my chest.

Professor and artist, Maria Fee introduced my poetry collection, Certain Parts, like this:

Sarey Martin’s original thesis project was to pen a young adult sci-fi novel. However, through the writing process, her attention kept on being pulled to themes of betrayal. So, what you will actually hear tonight are poems that act as a literary autopsy investigating the dis-membering of a marriage. Yet, it is through this art making process, Sarey re-members fragments of self in her search for authentic intimacy. Theologian Kathryn Reklis brings up the question that Sarey’s work solicits: what does theology have to say regarding eros as the means of “salvific transformation of human subjects?” Here is Sarey Martin’s bestowal of poetic lament that make up Certain Parts.

Below you can watch a (low quality) video of the presentation, and you can download a digital copy of it here. If you’d like a physical copy of the collection, contact me!

Graphic design by Stevo.

Graphic design by Stevo.

You Can't Love God and Hate Poems

You Can't Love God and Hate Poems