Poets on Painters: Essays on the Art of Painting by Twentieth-Century Poets

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What are poets looking at, looking for, when they walk into a room of pictures? Poets on Painters attempts to answer this question by bringing together, for the first time, essays by modern American and British poets about painting. The poets bring to their task a fresh eye and a freshened language, vivid with nuance and color and force.
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Overview


What are poets looking at, looking for, when they walk into a room of pictures? Poets on Painters attempts to answer this question by bringing together, for the first time, essays by modern American and British poets about painting. The poets bring to their task a fresh eye and a freshened language, vivid with nuance and color and force.
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Library Journal
It has sometimes been claimed that only painters should criticize painters; only poets, poets; and so on, as only those familiar with a field are qualified to examine it or its members. These two collections show clearly the questionable validity of this claim. In both collections, prominent American and European authors turn their attentions to the world of painting, and the results are generally thought-provoking and incisive. Frank O'Hara's piece on Jackson Pollock (McClatchy) is one of the best: Ernest Hemingway's on Joan Miro (Halpern) is one of the worst. The writers selected for inclusion by McClatchy are all 20th-century poets; Halpern's are predominantly prose writers. The selections in both books have been carefully chosen, and it would be wise to purchase both, as together they provide an excellent introduction to ``crossover'' criticism in the realm of the arts.Terry Skeats, Bishop's Univ. Lib., Lennoxville, Quebec
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520069718
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 12/21/1989
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.88 (d)

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J. D. McClatchy is Poetry Editor of The Yale Review, and his poems, essays, and reviews appear regularly in The New Republic, The New Yorker and The New York Times Book Review.
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