Travels in Vermeer

Travels in Vermeer

by Michael White

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Overview

In the midst of a bad divorce, the poet Michael White unexpectedly discovers the consoling power of Johannes Vermeer's radiant vision. Over the course of a year, he travels to Amsterdam, The Hague, Delft, Washington D.C., New York, and London to view twenty-four paintings, including nearly all of Vermeer's major work.

"A certain chain of events has left me open, on a startlingly deep level, to Vermeer's gaze, to his meditation on our place on earth," White writes.

Part travelogue, part soul-searching investigation into romantic love and intimate discourse on art, this erudite and lyrical memoir encompasses the author's past—his difficult youth, stint in the Navy, alcoholism, and the early death of his first wife—and ends with his finding grace and transformation through deeply affecting encounters with the paintings of Vermeer, an artist obsessed with romance and the inner life, who has captivated millions, from the seventeenth century until now.

Praise for the book:

"All the sorrow of love is compressed into White's memoir. But so, too, is all the consolation of art. Nothing I've read...suggests so eloquently what [Vermeer's paintings] hold for a contemporary viewer…Figures it took a poet to get it this beautifully, thrillingly right."—Peter Trachtenberg

"[Travels in Vermeer] touches on the mysteries of seduction, loss, and the artistic impulse. It shows how time can be interrupted."—Clyde Edgerton

“This book is a treasure and a guide. It is a type of healing for the intellect and the heart."—Rebecca Lee

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780892554379
Publisher: Persea Books
Publication date: 03/05/2015
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 589,961
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Michael Whiteis the author of four collections of poetry and a memoir, Travels in Vermeer (Persea 2015), and has published widely in respected periodicals, including The Paris Review, The New Republic, The
Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Western Humanities Review, and the Best American
Poetry. His most recent collection is Persea’s Vermeer in Hell, winner of the Rudnitsky Editor’s Choice
Award. White teaches poetry and is presently chair of the Creative Writing department at the University of North
Carolina, Wilmington.

Table of Contents

Prelude [October] 3

Amsterdam [March] 11

The Hague and Delft [June] 27

Anne [November] 47

Washington, D.C [December] 55

Stephaine [March] 69

New York [April] 83

How It Works 107

London [May] 113

Two Marriage 153

An Ending [May] 169

Suggested Reading 176

Acknowledgments 177

About the Author 178

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