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Literary Nonfiction. Art. Poetry. Italian Studies. Haunted by three thousand years of artists who made pilgrimage to the Eternal City, collaborators Elizabeth Cooperman and Thomas Walton gather impressions from the ruinous streets in and around Rome. The result is a literary mosaic that aligns itself with the ecstatic baroque of Bernini, the concentrated vision of Caravaggio, and the sublime uncertainty of Keats, as it resists the forces of "another dark age."
Dazzling with image and anecdote, with comedy and cobblestones, with headless statues and the bright robes of street performers, with shadow and cicada and shock of light, THE LAST MOSAIC is an aesthetic call to arms to "listen," a battle cry to "be impressed," and a plea to "get lost."
Elizabeth Cooperman is co-editor (with David Shields) of the anthology Life Is Short---Art is Shorter (Hawthorne Books, 2014). Her work has appeared in Writer's Chronicle, Seattle Review, 1913: A Journal of Forms, and other journals. She has attended the Ragdale Foundation Residency, as well as the 360 Xochi Quetzal Residency Program in Chapala, Mexico, as artist-in-residence. Elizabeth is Art Director at PageBoy Magazine, and teaches sporadically as an adjunct professor in the University of Washington's English Department. Thomas Walton is author of the anti-lyric-essay lyric essay The World Is All That Does Befall Us (Ravenna Press, 2018) and the micro-chapbook A Name Is Just A Mane (Rinky Dink, 2016). His work has appeared in ZYZZYVA, Delmar, Timberline Review, Rivet, The Chaos Journal, Queen Mob's Teahouse, Bombay Gin, Pontoon, and other magazines. Some of his poems were anthologized in Make It True; Poetry from Cascadia (Leaf Press, 2015). He lives in Seattle, where he edits PageBoy Magazine. Author City: SEATTLE, WA USA