Each of the poems in this book relates to a painting or sculpture, but is by no means an “illustration.” In writing the poems I have allowed myself to move well beyond the visible parameters of the images, exploring what seem to me leads and implications, traveling out as far as seemed plausible and compelling while at the same time never quite abandoning the constraint embodied in each image. The poems are unified only in the sense that each relates to what seems to me a worthy “original.” Taken together the poems offer something of a representative, if miscellaneous, account of the interests, passions and fears of their author. Nothing more, nothing less. - Peg Boyers
Peg Boyers is Executive Editor of Salmagundi Magazine and the author of three previous books of poetry published by the University of Chicago Press: Hard Bread (2002), Honey With Tobacco (2007) and To Forget Venice (2014). She teaches poetry at Skidmore College and at The New York State Summer Writers Institute, and has taught workshops in translation at The Columbia University School of the Arts. Her poems regularly appear in such magazines as The New Republic, Paris Review, Harvard Review and many others. Her recent work includes a series of poems in the journal Liberties and the afterword to the New York Review of Books edition of Natalia Ginzburg's Family Lexicon.