Poetry. Art. Poetry by Leonard Schwartz, art by Simon Carr. "What do you get when you put ten frogs in a coffee pot? Answer: SALAMANDER, the latest in a long, imaginative line of animal inventories that began in classical Greece, if not on Noah's Ark, became popular during the medieval period, and includes such modern innovators as Leonardo da Vinci and Lewis Carroll, Jorge Luis Borges and J.K. Rowling. A collaboration among a father, his daughter, and a woodcutter, this poetic menagerie celebrates the intelligence and ingenuity of two dozen creatures, from elk to eel, orca to owl. A labor of filial laughter, this carved, quirky rolodex is also a mirror in which we see ourselves, as 'Wildness withheld,' for the endangered species we are."—Andrew Zawacki
"Woodcuts—are they black on white or white on black?—cut through the woods of words. The wood shows what the words mean. And the other way round. You can't be sure with animals. Animals are there just enough for us to glimpse (a woodcut is more shadow than flesh) and have some working poet explain them to themselves. This book is all explanation. Read 'Blonde Raven' to learn what it means to live in a visible world. The poems are sparse—light shows through them—and tell us things about animals, and tell animals about themselves—so much so that I'm not sure, after reading through the 24 panels, whether I'm being explained or being enlightened. That's a perplexity that comes when reading Rilke and Dickinson too, poets who can't always tell themselves from what they see."—Robert Kelly
Leonard Schwartz's most recent book is The New Babel: Towards a Poetics of the Mid-East Crises (University of Arkansas Press). Other titles include AT ELEMENT (Talisman House) and A MESSAGE BACK AND OTHER FURORS, also from Chax.
Simon Carr is a painter living and working in New York City. Other recent illustration projects include: Nostromo, a novel for children and adults, by Sam Carr, illustrated by Simon Carr (Orbis Books, New York City, 2015). Since 2015 he has been represented by the Bowery Gallery, 530 W. 25th St, New York, New York 10001, www.bowery.org. More information can be found at the web site simoncarrstudio.com.
Author City: OLYMPIA, WA USA