“The Active Voice: 12 Poems on Contemporary Art”

The June/July 2013 issue of Art in America featured a portfolio I edited of poems by 12 writers responding to works of contemporary art. It also includes my introduction, where I discuss  the changing relations between the worlds of poetry and art, and provide background for the poems in this mini-anthology. The oldest poem included  (the late Jim Brodey’s “Joan Mitchell”) is meant as a bridge to New York School Poetry.

Cover of Jim Brodey, Heart of the Breath: Poems 1979-1992, Hard Press, 1996, with Joan Mitchell's "Chord I" (1986).

Cover of Jim Brodey, Heart of the Breath: Poems 1979-1992, Hard Press, 1996, with Joan Mitchell’s “Chord I” (1986).

The Active Voice: 12 Poems on Contemporary Art

Poets – Artists included:

Kevin Young – Jean-Michel Basquiat; Norma Cole – Hélio Oiticica; Jim Brodey – Joan Mitchell; Mei-mei Berssenbrugge – Bruce Nauman; Mary Jo Bang – Doris Salcedo; Clayton Eshleman – Leon Golub; Mónica de la Torre – Dorothea Tanning; Marjorie Welish; Vincent Katz – John Moore; Christopher Stackhouse; Kenneth Goldsmith – Damien Hirst; Charles Bernstein – Amy Sillman

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