[Robert Whitman – Untitled (shirts and clouds)]
Lines of Sight: Asian American Poetry on the Visual Arts
Asian American Writers Workshop is shining a light on some great writing done by poets and artists on the nature of visual art. Here is a quick sampling.
John Yau from Further Adventures in Monochrome
“I dwell in possibility, Emily Dickinson
I dwell in impossibility, Yves Klein
You should understand that I did not want you to read a painting. I wanted you to bathe in it before words domesticated the experience, and you turned to such stand-bys as “illumination” and “transcendent” to describe what happened to you. Painting should not be sentenced to Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #28
“Tell all the Truth but Tell it Slant” by Emily Dickinson
Tell all the truth but tell it slant —
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth’s superb surprise
As Lightning to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind —
I seriously can not wait for Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, Here is an excerpt that is over at Slate. Its good, and if you haven’t read The Wind-up Bird Chronicles yet, shame on you.
I don’t know how to describe Casey Jane Ellison, the host of this show, but I like her. She has this mix of snark and sarcasm and I’m pretty sure this is an act but its a good one. I love her comment on that everyone on the panel is a woman and that she is not going to point that out.
This is a very interesting rundown of Caravaggio’s life, spoiler, it’s violent. The renown painter was apparently kind of a bastard and pissed off quite a few unsavory characters.
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