Dilation Exercise 12
Below you’ll find Alan M. Clark’s weekly Dilation Exercise. Please look at the picture, read the caption, above and below the image, and allow your imagination to go to work on it. If the artwork inspires a story, please say something about it in a comment. Need a further explanation? Go to Imagination Workout—What is This?
He hadn’t opened the file drawer to look at his baby in a long time, let alone submitted it, but there were times like this when something compelled him to do so.
Reading a paragraph off its tiny forehead and immediately finding a flaw, he felt so inadequate, he slammed the drawer shut and walked away.
—Alan M. Clark
Artwork: “In Lieu of Rejection (hybrid)” copyright © 2011 Alan M. Clark.
The image is a digital marriage of the drawing, “Study for ‘In Lieu of Rejection,’” and the painting, “In Lieu of Rejection.” Inspired by the painting, Edward Lee and John Pelan wrote the story, “Stillborn,” for Imagination Fully Dilated: The Literated Works of Alan M. Clark, edited by Elizabeth Engstrom and Alan M. Clark, published by Cemetery Dance Publications.