In his poetry David Pollard displays an uncanny ability to let words collide so as to interrupt their sense, only then to renew their saying power somewhere beyond the limit of fixed speech. His artistry turns words—in his own words—into “glancing letters of illumination craning into the darkness.”
What is the relationship between the painted image and the poetic word? Pollard enters this fray, discovering new poetic voices that allow both artworks and artists, from the ancient to the contemporary, to paint without seeing in the sense that Leonardo claimed that ‘if art is dumb poetry then poetry is blind painting’. Pollard places his poetic imagination in the intermediary space ‘between dumb art and all the ways it speaks,’ creating poetic painterly portraits that breathe new life into the range of poetry’s traditional entitlements and that allow the imagination in the being singular plural of its works to shine forth. This is a major work and a cause for poets, painters, even philosophers, to celebrate. It is a work to which I will return again and again.
Jason M. Wirth
I also enjoyed Pollard’s Michelangelo sonnets, including a whole octet withoutstopping carried off brilliantly!
Includes poems about:
Bek, Brother, Rufillus, Maestro, Mateo, Giotto, Fra Angelico, Lippo, Lippi, Bosch, Mantegnada, Vinci Dürer, Cranach, Michelangelo, Raphael, Baldung, Titian, Holbein, Bronzino, Vasari, Tintoretto, Veronese, Anguissola, Barocci El Greco Carracci Oliver, Wtewael, Caravaggio, Rubens, Gentileschi, Poussin, Velazquez, van Dyck, Rembrandt, Rosa, Metsu, Vermeer, Rigaud, Hogarth, Chardin, Reynolds, Fuseli, Goya , David, Gillray, Lawrence, Hazlitt, Blake, Friedrich, Turner, Haydon, Cruickshank, Severn, Delacroix, Palmer, Daumier, Courbet, Rossetti, Pissarro, Manet, Whistler, Cezanne, Rodin, Monet, Gauguin van Gogh Sickert, Hiroshige, Munch, Kollwitz, Matisse Churchill John, Bell, Picasso, Braque, Rivera, Kokoschka, Chagall , Morandi, Lartigue, Kahlo Guttuso, Bacon, Carrington, Freud, Tàpies, Warhol, Wallinger