On August 30th, Anna Rozwadowska, Christina Ward 🌼, Zach J. Payne and I published a collaborative poem called “Symbiosis” in Literally Literary on Medium. It is likely the first of its kind for a variety of reasons.
It is unlikely that Medium has seen such a collaboration between 4 Poets, particularly of the caliber found in this work. Anna, well-known throughout Medium for her poetic brilliance, had this vision — she wanted four Poets to come together to write about nature and the environment.
Anna asked me if I would participate, and I agreed because I enjoyed our previous collaboration entitled “Intimate Petals”:
When I agreed to join this new project, Christina Ward, an award-winning Poet, and friend had also agreed to the collaboration. We wanted a fourth. Anna asked me if I could think of someone to ask, and I immediately thought of Zach Payne. I admire Zach and his poetic ability — he has an impressive command of poetic structure, and really, I am such a fan of his work. When he agreed to join us, I was ecstatic.
The result of our collaboration is sensational.
At one point we were calling our work a “poetic essay” because of it’s length and it’s substance — it is poignant and meaningful. Each of our voices is present, heard, and integrated thanks mostly to Anna, who is a master Editor.
We wrote about the relationship between human and nature. We invoked the pain and the difficulty. We pointed to the work that must still be done.
I feel privileged to have worked with such beautiful and talented Poets. I am lucky to call them friends. Thank you to Anna Rozwadowska, Zach J. Payne and Christina Ward 🌼 for your hard work on this piece — it was absolutely worth it.
Please read results of our collaboration called “Symbiosis,” here:
Thank you for reading!
Sam Kimberle is a Writer, Poet and Artist. Her primary creative mediums are words and clay. She received her B.A. from Dickinson College in Religion and Philosophy, M.A. from Temple University in Comparative Religion, and J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. She is also a wife and a dog mom. Instagram: Sam Kimberle, Facebook: Sam Kimberle, Writer Creative Entrepreneur.