Poetry. California Interest. Art. PAINTING (2.4.97 - 4.21.97) transcribes perceptions of 'real' things, demonstrate how the three-dimensional world might be 'registered' in lines running clear across the horizontal, two-dimensional page: 81 poems written in 81 consecutive days which mean to enact (i.e., make present) the world-as-painting/ painting-as-world that is my subject, just as Mondrian's grids can be viewed as an 'abstract' enactment of how and what we actually see. Thus, for example, "fact (geometric)/ of lines a bird makes descending from upper left corner to the empty space immediately in front of it."
Stephen Ratcliffe is the author of more than twenty books of poetry, including ROCKS (Cuneiform Press, 2020), MORE ROCKS (Cuneiform Press, 2020), SOUND OF WAVE IN CHANNEL (BlazeVOX Books, 2018), PAINTING (Chax Press, 2014), and SELECTED DAYS (Counterpath Press, 2012) which won The Poetry Center Book Award. He has also written three books of literary criticism, READING THE UNSEEN: (OFFSTAGE) HAMLET (Counterpath Press, 2010), LISTENING TO READING (SUNY Press, 2000), and Campion: On Song (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1981). His ongoing series of six 1,000-page books, each written in 1,000 consecutive days, is available at Editions Eclipse and his daily poems-plus-photographs appear at Temporality. He has lived in Bolinas since 1973.Author City: BOLINAS, CA USA