Poetry. EFFECTS OF SUNLIGHT IN THE FOG is a poetic meditation on the relationship of the artist to his Art, on the variant conditions that temper seeing; how we see and what is seen. Through consideration on works of artists a series of individual poetic images evolves. Art and poetry as one, on the page. "The spare, image-laden lines of this collectin of ekphrastic poetry make it a memorable treat. Alan Catlin evokes Monet, Whistler, Bonnard, and others in skilled sketches that evoke the paintings and interpret them at once. His precise diction carves word-pictures that mirror the paintings, calling forth and naming their shadows. EFFECTS OF SUNLIGHT IN THE FOG is a delight to read and ponder"--Janet McCann.
Alan Catlin has been fighting in the trenches of the poetry wars since the 70's. During that time he has accumulated a diverse resume of credits that range from the totally obscure (and vaguely ridiculous) to well-regarded, long-standing college and university magazines. He can proudly say, without a doubt, that he is the only poet ever to publish in Wordsworth's Socks, The Margarine Maypole Orangutan Express, the Literary Review, Descant, Pleiades, Puerto del Sol and the legendary Wormwood Review. He has also shown an uncanny ability to have chapbooks, and full-length books, win contests or been published, that became the last project of the press thereby dooming them to total obscurity. The four times that happened began to feel like a jinx though he clings to the hope that these belly-up-in-small-press-land books and the defuncting of presses, were merely a coincidence. The three editors who died before they could do his book don't count. In 2020 four handsome Catlin books arrived, from four different presses, on completely different subjects. Then the plague happened. 2021 promises to be a better year. These four, new full-length books are, ASYLUM GARDEN: AFTER VAN GOGH (Dos Madres Press. 2020), Lessons in Darkness (Luchador Press a division of Spartan Books), The Blue Hotel (Cyberwit) and Memories (Alien Buddha Press). His most recent book is MEMORIES TOO (Dos Madres Press, 2021).
Author City: USA