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A Star for Noon: An Homage to Women in Images, Poetry and Music

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Gordon Parks?photographer, composer of music, writer?is a man with a true Renaissance soul. In A Star for Noon he turns his gifts to the universally appealing subject of love. This gorgeous book combines exquisite female nudes with still lifes, poetry, and original music. The female nudes are both sensuous and reverential; the rich colors are complemented by still lifes of flowers and mysterious abstracts. Much of this work has never been published before, for Parks, at eighty-seven, continues to be a vital and ...
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Gordon Parks—photographer, composer of music, writer—is a man with a true Renaissance soul. In A Star for Noon he turns his gifts to the universally appealing subject of love. This gorgeous book combines exquisite female nudes with still lifes, poetry, and original music. The female nudes are both sensuous and reverential; the rich colors are complemented by still lifes of flowers and mysterious abstracts. Much of this work has never been published before, for Parks, at eighty-seven, continues to be a vital and active artist. The eighteen previously unpublished poems gently but ardently trace the arc of love—from infatuation through loss and, finally, fulfillment.

A Star for Noon engages multiple sense as the reader, not transfixed by the rich images and poetry alone, is also enveloped by the passionate music—specially composed and performed by Parks on piano with a small orchestra—here uniquely included on CD and packaged with this volume. This exceptional CD is the only music by Gordon Parks available on the market.

The publication of this book coincides with the airing of a major HBO documentary on Parks's life and work. Gordon Parks is a beloved figure in the history of the arts in our century, and the stories of his struggles against racism and in the pursuit of beauty have inspired generations.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780821226858
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 10/23/2000
  • Edition description: BOOK & CD
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 10.41 (w) x 11.33 (h) x 0.78 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2001

    Ode to Joy!

    This book contains wonderful poetry, outstanding photography, and a delightful CD of piano music with the accompaniment of a small orchestra. As superb as each element is, the overall structure, design and concept are even more wonderful. I feel like this work is a breakthrough into a new type of communication. Mr. Gordon Parks has created here one of the most moving works to honor women that it has been my pleasure to enjoy. I strongly urge you to acquire this work and be inspired by it! Before going further, let me mention that the book contains many beautiful nude images of women that would earn its contents an R rating (or even a bit more) if the book were a motion picture. The images will remind you of Edward Weston's work, as the ambiguous line between landscape and the female form are portrayed. The book is divided into the themes of awakening, longing, remembering, waiting, returning, and homecoming. Each section has its own previously unpublished poetry, color, and thematic photographs. The images alternate among female nudes, landscapes, nudes superimposed on landscapes (like the cover image), flowers, and still lifes. The photographs' compositions, reproduction quality, and connection to the themes and each other are stunning. Although the work is unformly of high quality, I liked the flower photographs best. They will remind you of Robert Mapplethorpe and Georgia O'Keeffe. Of the many elements in this work, I actually enjoyed the poetry the best. You should play the music as you read the book to deepen your emotional connection and experience. Here are a few samples of Mr. Parks's understanding of how much meaning women bring to our lives. 'I lie here abandoned,/ longing for you to give/ the thinnest hope to my heart./ Speak to me.' -- Dayspring 'I lie haunted in the ashes/ of shapeless memories.' -- Memories to Forget 'How could you let him caress hands/ I held just one love ago?' -- I'm Not Close 'You and longing are as one.' -- I Breathe Deeply and Want 'Nothing/ can/ be/ more/ indiscreet, or arduous, /than love.' -- I Know 'Yet I still know/ what I am in search of --/ one unending love that claims/ the need to be remembered.' -- Friendly Advice 'If you would have a star for noon,/ it shall be yours.' -- A Child Arriving You can feel the vibrancy of the work from these words, I'm sure. What's amazing to me is that Mr. Parks is now 88. Yet his vision here is that of a quite young man. Remarkable! After you have enjoyed this outstanding milieu Mr. Parks has created for us, I suggest that you think about what women have inspired you to accomplish that would not otherwise have happened. To me, above all women are muses making the heavens' silent potential resound with meaning! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

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