A new collection from award winning poet, Murray Silverstein.
In a transformation as surprising as it is persuasive, Matisse’s famed painting The Red Studio becomes the red studio of the heart in Murray Silverstein’s superb third collection. There’s room in this studio for loss, doubt, and humor. But above all, there’s room for love—love for family, for learning, and for life. Silverstein’s voice is masterly without being imperious, inquiring without being coy, and generous in its acceptance of human limits. Whether addressing the dead or a yellow colander in his kitchen, emptiness or the moon, Keats or a fallen fig tree, Silverstein shifts his perspective from his family to the world, from his love for language to his love for the arts. His tone shifts, too, from the colloquial to the formal, as easily and naturally as the next breath. Silverstein opens his book with this appeal: “lash me to love, music of my late years; against the spectre of its vanishing, lash me to love—” His appeal is granted. These are poems of love from a heart unafraid to admit life in all its pain and beauty.
“It's such a joy to find a favorite voice. Once again, I'm blown away by Murray Silverstein’s work. Somehow, he 'soothes us with the solace of eternity' and exquisitely prescient present-ness more than just about anyone else. These are terrific poems! RED STUDIO is a full embrace.” —Naomi Shihab Nye, author of Everything Comes Next: Collected and New Poems
“Murray Silverstein’s RED STUDIO is a bouquet of psalms raveled in love, vibrantly thronged with the presences and vanishings that make up a life. In his third collection, Silverstein reads to his dead parents, flees the czar with his great-great-great-grandfather, continues a lifelong conversation with Bach and Matisse and Keats and Szymborska, and debates Eros, Thanatos, and the Western canon with the nurses in a cardiologist’s office. On each page of RED STUDIO, love responds to love, echoing out into the expanding universe. Silverstein looks steadily, sagely, and wryly at the present, where the figures of a lifetime lived in art and poetry and family congregate in a Dickinsonian forever composed of nows.” —Dante Di Stefano, author of Midwhistle
RED STUDIO (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2024) is Murray Silverstein's third book of poems. His first collection, ANY OLD WOLF (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2007), was the winner of Independent Publisher's Bronze Medal for Poetry and was followed by MASTER OF LEAVES (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2014). His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Rattle, ZYZZYVA, The MacGuffin, The Brooklyn Review, West Marin Review, Plainsongs, Nimrod, The Dreaming Machine, and Spillway. A practicing architect for forty years and coauthor of four books on architecture, including A Pattern Language (Oxford University Press, 1977) and Patterns of Home (Taunton Press, 2002), Silverstein lives in Oakland, California.