Local woman’s poetry included in archive

The Indiana Arts Commission in partnership with the Indiana State Library recently announced the works of 41 poets have been added to the state’s poetry archive, INverse.

That includes three poems by Lisa Bailey of Seymour. They are titled “One Guide,” “Pandemic Generation” and “If a Bee is Working, It Does Not Look Like the Apocalypse.”

An initiative of former Indiana Poet Laureate Adrian Matejka, INverse celebrates and preserves the diverse range of Indiana poetry for future generations of Indiana writers and readers.

Indiana State Librarian Jacob Speer said this is the second year for the state library and arts commission to partner on the project.

He said the INverse Poetry Archive is important in preserving the work of Indiana poets for the benefit of future generations.

“’May you live in interesting times.’ For better or worse, this ancient Chinese proverb certainly holds true today. The INverse Poetry Archive is therefore more important than ever, showcasing and preserving the hopes and fears and prayers and predictions of the residents of our state for the future,” said Poet Laureate Matthew Graham. “Once again, the archive reflects the rich and diverse creative spirit of Indiana. I am especially pleased to see the inclusion of younger voices represented by the Poetry Ourselves program.”

Residents of Indiana are encouraged to submit poems to the archive annually between Feb. 1 and April 30.

To view the archive, visit indianamemory.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p16066coll82.