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The Girl Who Talked to Paintings Paperback – July 1, 2021
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"If only I could step through / the canvas," writes Shannon K. Winston in this dazzling collection, and in these poems, she does exactly that; she inhabits the works of art that her poems examine, not to describe those works back to us, but to show us something strange and unknowable about ourselves. The Girl Who Talked to Paintings is a gorgeous book with a brilliant ekphrastic heart-tender, luminous, and unforgettable."
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- Publisher : Glass Lyre Press (July 1, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 110 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1941783775
- ISBN-13 : 978-1941783771
- Item Weight : 6.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.26 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,656,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The greatest moments in the collection are when contemplations -- of art, of the everyday, and sometimes both at once -- seize the reader and draw them into a sudden sense of awareness. As when the speaker, contemplating Sargent's painting "Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose," is swept back to a moment of vulnerability in childhood, musing "How I wished I had leaned over and whispered to my sister: Close your eyes, you be Lily, I'll be Rose." As in "Marbles, I," when the speaker sees how a small ball held by a man "morphs into / a balloon / double his size. / Blue-green" and wonders "How hard / it must be / to carry the world / through the world." These are, as Virginia Woolf might have called them, moments of being.
I love the way this collection gently but honestly draws the deepness out of moments like these, with profound questions often disguised as statements. "Let's expose the inner workings / of bone, body, muscle / of chemistry / to uncover how little / of ourselves / we truly know," I read near the end of "Cyanotypes." And I find myself indeed wondering how little of myself I know -- but eager to keep wondering, and eager to read more.
An excellent collection to turn to again and again. Highly recommend.