Poems about art have a long and vivid history, and some of our greatest poets have tried to capture in verse the beguiling worlds of colour on canvas. Geoff Dyer’s remarkably wide-ranging selection encourages us to look at familiar and unfamiliar paintings and artists with fresh eyes.
We find ourselves in Vermeer’s studio next door to a rowdy alehouse and meet a Bonnard nude day-dreaming in her bathtub. There’s a contemplative poem capturing the calm of a Vuillard interior, and then there’s life as one of Miró’s dots:
“So here I am, on the edge of animation,
a dream, a dance, a fantastic construction,
A child’s adventure.”
from ‘I Would Like to be a Dot in a Painting by Miró’ by Moniza Alvi
These poems are sure to delight every art lover, reminding us that any painting worth its salt has a thousand different meanings. This title is the second co-publication by Candlestick Press in association with Pushkin Press.
Geoff Dyer is theauthor of numerous works of fiction and non-fiction. His books have been translated into 24 languages.
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