A note on Intersection from Garrett Ammon

Posted on: September 14th, 2011 by Garrett Ammon

Garrett Ammon & Michael J. Henry's Intersection

In 2008, after having worked together on our first collaboration, When the Power Goes Out, Lighthouse Writers Workshop's Michael J. Henry and I both agreed that we had only just begun exploring the possibilities of how we might work together. We decided almost immediately to dive headlong into another, even larger project. Intersection was the result.

There is much talk about the great wealth of artistic talent that is resident in Colorado. I unabashedly speak of it regularly, and I firmly believe that it is one of our greatest resources as a community. You need not look far to discover the infectious creative energy happening all around us. I believe that Colorado's artists will play a pivotal role in giving voice to how we define ourselves as Americans in this new century.

If I had to make a list of artists that are making this real, Michael J. Henry would be among the first handful of names. Mike's writing is visceral, reaching swiftly and deeply into the fiber of our humanity. His poetry embraces the texture and complexity of our existence. Words wrapped in the scent, taste and sound of our lives remind us that it is not events that we should cherish, but every day that we have among our families, friends and neighbors.

Intersection is built around thirteen poems that Mike created for this project. Together, they bring a neighborhood to life and tell a story that could happen on any street, in any town. It is a story that intimately examines the nature of love and loss, ultimately creating one of the most stirring portraits of American life that I have ever encountered.

It is hard for any artist to be truly objective about their own work, and I will not attempt to speak to my own contributions to this production. I will say that Intersection challenged me and moved in ways that I had never before experienced, and it pushed me to ask more of myself than I ever had.

I am humbled to have had the great fortune of working with Mike on Intersection, and I am proud to have the opportunity to bring the work to life with the artists of BNC for a second time.

I hope you will join us this weekend or next as we open Season 10 with this very special production.