Hour of the Mango Black Moon

Hour of the Mango Black Moon

by Laurence Lieberman


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Inspired in part by a group of paintings from Caribbean masters Greaves, Akyem, and Ishi, this collection of poems finds resonance by relating to the 19th-century poetic tradition of “pictorialism” to create a vivid, enthusiastic energy. More than simply commenting on these paintings, however, these poems engage their subjects and creators to achieve something similar to the best art criticism, an exact and exhilarating encounter with the visual arts that produces a powerful beauty all its own. Included are 16 color plates of the paintings described in the collection.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781900715935
Publisher: Peepal Tree Press Ltd.
Publication date: 04/28/2004
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Laurence Lieberman has published 12 collections of poetry and his work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, The New Republic, and The New Yorker. He lives in Urbana, Illinois.

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whitewavedarling on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lieberman's poems, as paired with the beautiful art shown in this work, are short journeys into other cultures and visions. Primarily narrative, the poems are dense with rich images and voices from the Caribbean, making each poem a world to explore in itself. This is not a poetry volume which you can read from cover to cover and gain the full effect of, though each time I picked up the book for the poems I believe I flipped through each piece of art at least once. The forms and language here, though, are astounding in their straightforward beauty, and while the work is dense, it is worth delving into for any lover of either ekphrastic poetry or Caribbean art and/or writing.