Your Body Figured

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Culturing Writing. Art. In YOUR BODY FIGURED, Douglas A. Martin presents the reader with three prose pieces, each focused on an artist: the painter Balthus, the poet Hart Crane, and finally the Irish painter Francis Bacon as seen through his relationship with model and muse, George Dyer. Each section is a meditation on the relationship between art and life, artist and model, subject and object—evidence of the troubled landscape at the core of human desire and creative production. Martin reaches out to the reader ...

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Overview

Culturing Writing. Art. In YOUR BODY FIGURED, Douglas A. Martin presents the reader with three prose pieces, each focused on an artist: the painter Balthus, the poet Hart Crane, and finally the Irish painter Francis Bacon as seen through his relationship with model and muse, George Dyer. Each section is a meditation on the relationship between art and life, artist and model, subject and object—evidence of the troubled landscape at the core of human desire and creative production. Martin reaches out to the reader through his near-incantatory use of the second person point-of-view, so that one constantly feels called upon to respond, to return to the text. Evoking a myriad of twentieth century writers—Kathy Acker, Marguerite Duras, Andre Gide, among others—Martin's work breaks from perceived form to create a trilogy of serial narratives that bring the life of the modern artist up against the limits of the body and language. Douglas A. Martin is the author of two novels (Branwell, Outline of My Lover), a book of stories (They Change the Subject), a collection of poetry (In the Time of Assignments) and a coauthor of a book of haiku. He lives in Brooklyn.

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Honor Moore
"Rilke, Balthus, Hart Crane, Francis Bacon: Of their lives and work, and of a lyric examination of the ruthless force of art and the erotic, Douglas A. Martin has conjured a mesmerizing and disturbing text, a gorgeous poem-as-novel set in he wake of the explosive ecstasies of twentieth century art. I have read nothing else like it."
Honor Moore
"Rilke, Balthus, Hart Crane, Francis Bacon: Of their lives and work, and of a lyric examination of the ruthless force of art and the erotic, Douglas A. Martin has conjured a mesmerizing and disturbing text, a gorgeous poem-as-novel set in he wake of the explosive ecstasies of twentieth century art. I have read nothing else like it."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780976718581
  • Publisher: Nightboat Books
  • Publication date: 10/15/2008
  • Pages: 156
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas A. Martin (born September 29, 1973 in Nassawadox, Virginia, USA) is a poet, a novelist and a short story writer. He was raised in Warner Robins, Georgia and moved to New York City in 1998. Beginning as a performance poet and dramatist, Martin then moved to the novel form, and he has concentrated most of his creative energies here since his first full-length prose work Outline of My Lover. Martin holds a BA from the University of Georgia, an MFA from The New School, and a PhD in English from the CUNY Graduate Center. His doctoral dissertation, which dealt with the work of post-modern writer Kathy Acker, was awarded The Irving Howe Prize for Best Dissertation Involving Politics and Literature in 2007. He teaches at The New School University and in the MFA Program at Goddard College.

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