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.