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Write Around PAM: Shima Tamami

Oregonians have been asked to pause social gatherings to help curb the spike in COVID-19 cases across our state over the next two weeks. How can we step outside in our imaginations instead? Both the beauty found in this piece by Shima Tamami and the honking of geese and flitting of birds outside our windows can offer a chance to explore expansive opportunities, in our minds and on the page. We invite you to spend some time writing through possible anxieties, fears, frustrations, and opportunities offered by the ongoing ways this pandemic is changing our lives. Before or after you write, we encourage you to learn more about Shima’s work and life through the current Portland Art Museum exhibition Joryū Hanga Kyōkai, 1956–1965: Japan’s Women Printmakers and the book by James A. Michener, The Modern Japanese Print: An Appreciation.

We have two prompts to help you get started. As always, you can choose one, both, or write whatever else comes. Set a timer for 5 mins and just keep your pen moving.

Above the clouds… / We didn’t expect to find… 

Writing in community is powerful. We are grateful to our longtime partner Write Around Portland for the writing prompts and inspiration. You can revisit past Sunday posts and look for continuing weekly posts through the fall. Please share your work with us! @writearoundpdx @portlandartmuseum #RespectWritingCommunity #WriteAroundPAM 

Shima Tamami, Tori B (Birds B), from James A. Michener, The Modern Japanese Print: An Appreciation, 1959, color woodblock print with embossing on torinoko paper, The Carol and Seymour Haber Collection in memory of Ardis Spliid Hendricks, © unknown, research required, 2004.39f