In this innovative book of poetry from the editor of "Heart to Heart", forty poems from around the world speak about specific works of art. Included on every spread is the poem in its original language, an English translation and the piece of art that the poem is about. Readers will look at art and poetry in a new way in this multi-cultural selection! It includes a biography (brief) of each author, translator and artist.
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(254mm x 216mm x 15mm)
Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
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Unlike Greenberg's companion volume, Heart to Heart: New Poems Inspired by Twentieth-Century American Art (2001), this compilation lacks cohesion. Poets from six continents ponder an art object, usually from their own culture. Though arranged like Heart to Heart, in sections according to the poet's approach, too many new variables dilute the whole. Poems presented in their original languages (if other than English) are translated by professionals with varying approaches. Some poets write in English and translate their poems into their first language. Reproductions - from an ancient Egyptian coffin to Munch's The Scream - rest against pastel pages that often reduce their effect. Many pairings sparkle, such as Navajo artist Nanezbah Nora Yazzie's meditation on her own sculpture "Corn Mother." Luis Martinez de Merlo's "Portrait of Prince Baltasar Carlos de Caza" slyly imagines the subject plotting the painter's future imprisonment: "When I am older / I'll be able to send to a dungeon this Master Velasquez, who criticizes me with his Andalusian accent every time I move " Readers will need to flip back and forth from the backmatter's two biographical sections to decipher the lineage of poets, translators and artists. Ambitious but muzzy. (introduction, map, credits, index) (Poetry. YA) (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Jan Greenberg
Jan Greenberg is the co-author of five books on American art and architecture and the author of seven works of fiction for young readers. Her books have received many honours including School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and Booklist Editor's Choice. She lives in the USA.