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ISBN-10: 0807169005
ISBN-13: 9780807169001
Publisher: LSU Press
Publish Date: 10/09/2018
Dimensions: 8.50" L, 5.51" W, 0.22" H

My Studio: Poems

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Beginning and ending in Clarence Major’s atelier, My Studio demonstrates how art can influence our perception of the world, prompting “all the parts [to] coalesce into a cohesive whole.” With precise and engaging imagery, Major contemplates the spaces we occupy and the “beauty in everyday things” from the familiarity of his studio. “This is more than a room,” he observes. “It’s an unimpeded mental vista.”

Major harnesses both humor and seriousness to investigate a wide range of human experiences. In “A Tragedy Indisputable,” he considers the funeral of a young boy, and the bewilderment and confusion of the crowd, whose “allegiance to logic and reason [is] now in perpetual sway.” In another poem, he paints the picture of a serene day interrupted by “the hammer’s sympathy for the nail, the chatter of ghosts in the bedroom.” In rethinking the relationship between poetry and the world of visual art, Major crafts an intricate and insightful collection, full of passion and inventive language, in which everyday life becomes an opportunity for inward reflection.

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Clarence Major's My Studio depicts and reveals a state of mind more than a place or studio space. In fact, this wrought collection brings the reader closer to a state of being. Consider how 'Vantage Point' encapsulates the speaker's philosophy regarding art: 'It's a peculiar inwardness, / as mysterious as the Baltic Sea is to me. / But I'm utterly free / to be carefree and transfixed.' The painter and the poet are born to see–blessing and curse–and nature is its own canvas.–Yusef Komunyakaa
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Details

ISBN-10: 0807169005
ISBN-13: 9780807169001
Publisher: LSU Press
Publish Date: 10/09/2018
Dimensions: 8.50" L, 5.51" W, 0.22" H
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