Poetry. Ekphrasis, that ancient mode found in Homer's description of Achilles' shield or Keats's Grecian Urn, is here transformed in Michael Heller's meditations in poetry and prose on work by the painter Max Beckmann. Heller navigates, sometimes with Yeats as his Virgil, through a gallery of Beckmann's pictures, seeing them as uniquely bringing home contemporary civilization's catastrophic impulses ("as if days were not for sanity"), impulses at once horrific and unsettling yet strangely beautiful and restorative.
Michael Heller is a poet, essayist, and critic. He is the author of twenty books, including THIS CONSTELLATION IS A NAME (Nightboat Books, 2012), Living Root: A Memoir, Exigent Futures: New and Selected Poems and CONVICTION'S NET OF BRANCHES (Spuyten Duyvil, 2002), his award-winning study of the Objectivist poets. He lives in New York City.Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA