Street

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Poetry. Photographs by Charlee Brodsky. "Jim Daniels' poems in conversation with Charlee Brodsky's photographs make for a remarkable collective work...The poems mirror the pictures' cool balance. Sardonic, smart, wily, tough, they are stories for each image...what the eye of the poet surmises from what the eye of the camera sets down"--Alan Trachtenberg.
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Overview


Poetry. Photographs by Charlee Brodsky. "Jim Daniels' poems in conversation with Charlee Brodsky's photographs make for a remarkable collective work...The poems mirror the pictures' cool balance. Sardonic, smart, wily, tough, they are stories for each image...what the eye of the poet surmises from what the eye of the camera sets down"--Alan Trachtenberg.
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PITTSBURGH - What does a photograph of a woman, standing on her front stoop, tell us about her life? What can we learn about a man by looking at his feet? His belt buckle? And what do words tell us that pictures do not? These are questions that Carnegie Mellon University professors Jim Daniels, a writer, and Charlee Brodsky, a photographer, explore in their evocative new book "Street."
"Street" is a collection of photographs shot by Brodsky in the 1980s of people in Pittsburgh's neighborhoods. Each photograph is accompanied by a poem written by Daniels that tells the imagined story of the person pictured. The book is divided into three sections: "The Art of Letting It All Hang Out" features pictures of people's torsos, with their heads cut out of the photograph; "The Invisibility of Doors" comprises environmental portraits; and "Stillness and Sway" features pictures of people's feet. "Isolating a part of the body, what that reveals, as a poet was attractive to me and gave me room to imagine what these people's stories had been," said Daniels, the director of the Creative Writing Program at Carnegie Mellon and the Thomas Stockham Baker Professor of English.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780933087941
  • Publisher: Bottom Dog Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2005
  • Series: Working Lives Series
  • Edition description: Poems
  • Pages: 95
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Jim Daniels, poet and fiction writer, is from Detroit, Michigan. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and his poems have appeared in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies. He is the Thomas Stockman Baker Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University. His other recent titles include No Pets: Stories (Bottom Dog Press) and Show and Tell: New and Selected Poems (University of Wisconsin Poetry Press).

Charlee Brodsky is a documentary and fine art photographer, and professor of photography at Carnegie Mellon University. She describes her work as dealing with social issues and beauty. She exhibits her work regionally and nationally and has been honored with Pennsylvania Arts Fellowships, an Emmy, and other awards. Her recent books include Knowing Stephanie with Stephanie Byram (Univ. of Pittsburgh) and A Town Without Steel with Judith Modell (Univ. of Pittsburgh).

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