Myself Painting: Poems

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LSU Press, 2008 - Fiction - 89 pages
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"In Myself Painting Clarence Major seeks to re-create for readers the inexpressible feeling that comes from creating art, with poems that speak not of painting itself but of its underlying process. Major incorporates the techniques of painting - particularly that of Post-Expressionism - into his verse, describing scenery with an artist's eye and using form and color to evoke striking images. A master of highly structured free verse, Major also paints sounds, enthralling the reader in a realm of private symbols and dream visions. Using dynamic, surreal images, this original collection invites readers into the poet's own fascinating world."--BOOK JACKET.
 

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In his 12th collection, Major delves into his life as a painter to compose poems about art. But that is not the only subject covered here-Major also examines our feelings about race and love ... Read full review

Contents

The Red Bench
3
Interior with Still Life
14
All of Us
20
Keys
27
The Rifle
33
Cell Phones
39
Self Portrait
47
Windows and Women
53
Scrags
59
The Young Doctor 1916
65
Its Raining in the Lake
71
A Belly Full of Acid
77
Difficult Pose
83
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Prizewinning poet, painter, and novelist Clarence Major is the author of ten books of poetry, including Configurations: New and Selected Poems, 1958--1998, a National Book Award Bronze Medal finalist. He is also author of critically acclaimed nonfiction and fiction and is editor of several landmark anthologies. Winner of the National Council on the Arts Award and the New York Cultural Foundation Prize, both for poetry, he is professor emeritus at the University of California at Davis.

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