Heart to Heart: New Poems Inspired by Twentieth-Century American Art


A compilation of poems by Americans writing about American art in the twentieth century, including such writers as Nancy Willard, Jane Yolen, and X.J. Kennedy.

A compilation of poems by Americans writing about American art in the twentieth century, including such writers as Nancy Willard, Jane Yolen, and X.J. Kennedy.

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A compilation of poems by Americans writing about American art in the twentieth century, including such writers as Nancy Willard, Jane Yolen, and X.J. Kennedy.

A compilation of poems by Americans writing about American art in the twentieth century, including such writers as Nancy Willard, Jane Yolen, and X.J. Kennedy.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lee Upton on Louise Bourgeois's Defiance, William Jay Smith on Ellie Nadelman's Woman at a Piano and Naomi Shihab Nye on Florine Stettheimer's The Cathedrals of Broadway are just a few entries in Heart to Heart: New Poems Inspired by Twentieth-Century American Art. Coupling large-type poems with full-page reproductions 47 out of 48 in full color editor Jan Greenberg puts ekphrasor and ekphrasee in happy proximity. ( Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
The compiler grew up inventing tales for art she saw at the St. Louis Art Museum and so put together this anthology to celebrate the power of art to inspire language. The pairings are amazing in both rightness and intensity of word and visual image. The range of mood and artist is impressive; from a photographed Calder to a dreamy Man Ray, from children's book authors like Carole Boston Weatherford to award winning adult poets like Donald Finkel. 2001, Abrams, $19.95. Ages 10 up. Reviewer: Susie Wilde
Anyone with an interest in art or poetry will be drawn to this delightful book that celebrates the connections between poet and artist and between reader and viewer. Editor Greenberg asked a group of forty-three distinguished American poets to select a twentieth-century American work of art and respond to it by writing a poem. The book is arranged into four themes: stories, voices, impressions, and expressions. X. J. Kennedy created a poem about Stuart Davis's Premier. David Harrison's poem, "It's Me!" gives voice to Andy Warhol's Marilyn Diptych. Jaine Pommy Vega chose to write about Poppy by Georgia O'Keeffe, and Laura Kasischke wrote about O'Keeffe's Red Hills and Bones. Sandy Asher's poem, "Pas de Trois" was inspired by Jackson Pollock's Number 27. Paintings, lithographs, sculpture, mixed media, and even photographs are included. Edward Hopper, Kiki Smith, Jacob Lawrence, and Faith Ringgold are among the other artists whose work is interpreted through poetry. Poets Naomi Shihab Nye, Donald Finkel, David Mura, and Jane Yolen tell readers what they see when they look at a piece of artwork. Biographical notes on both the poets and the artists and a complete index are also included. Creative writing teachers might wish to use this book to inspire young writers. Art teachers will find it useful in eliciting student responses to various artworks. It is also a lovely book to browse just for the joy of its unique combination of poetry and art. Index. Illus. Photos. VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P M J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12).2001, Harry N. Abrams, 80p, $19.95. Ages 12 to 18. Reviewer: Lois Parker-Hennion SOURCE: VOYA, August 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 3)
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-Greenberg invited 43 poets to choose a piece of modern art and to write a poetic response to it. The result is a gorgeous, thoughtful, stimulating collection of art and poetry that turns the standard poetry/art book on its head. "How would you paint a poem?" Bobbi Katz asks in her response to a Mark Rothko painting. "Prepare the canvas carefully/With shallow pools of color/Stacked secrets waiting to be told-." Greenberg's book might best be seen as an embodiment of that poem. Each work of art is impeccably reproduced, the color and design are exceptional, and each poem is given room on the page to breathe. The art glows, the words reflect the images and create more light-"Florine, we would live inside your colors! Red joy,/golden rushes of hope-" Naomi Shihab Nye writes about Florine Stettheimer's The Cathedrals of Broadway. If a picture book is defined as a marriage of word and art, then Heart to Heart is not only a wonderful poetry collection, but also a picture book of the highest quality.-Kathleen Whalin, Greenwich Country Day School, CT Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This unusual poetry anthology is a compilation of 43 contemporary poets' responses to self-selected images, ranging from photographs to sculpture. The poets may tell a story inspired by the art, assume the voice of the subject, describe the piece, or explore some technical aspect of the work. Poems are written in traditional forms, free verse, or patterns. Greenberg (Frank O. Gehry: Outside In, 2000, etc.) contributes a poem in the shape of a diamond to accompany Chuck Close's self-portrait in diamond shapes. Jacob Lawrence's "Barber Shop," a colorful, jazzy gouache on paper, inspires Peter F. Neumeyer to match the feelings engendered in the painting with words that describe the barbershop as a "shrewd skeptic joshing where the brothers meet." William Jay Smith reacts to Elie Nadelman's wooden sculpture "Woman at the Piano" with a story beginning, "When the tall thin lady started to play the notes flew up and out and away." Artists represented include Georgia O'Keeffe, Red Grooms, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Hopper, Faith Ringgold, Mark Rothko, and Roy Liechtenstein. Poets include Deborah Chandra, Kristine O'Connell George, Angela Johnson, Naomi Shihab Nye, and X.J. Kennedy. The color reproduction of the works from museum slides is excellent, and the varied arrangements of text and art on the page lends interest. Some of the works are accessible to young children; others are more sophisticated. An index and biographical notes on the poets and artists are useful additions. A beautiful volume that brings words and pictures together in wonderful tributes from artist to artist. (Nonfiction. All ages)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810943865
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 743,530
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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