Poetry. The poet and painter Basil King takes the medieval genre of the beastiary, a collection of short writings about exotic animal species, and reconceives it as a way of engaging with a particularly fascinating human species, creating verbal and pictorial portraits of painters, from Winslow Homer to Edward Hopper. Introducer Andrew Crozier explains, "This is more a matter of affinity than of scale: an aardvark will be of more interest to another aardvark, a zebra of more interest to another zebra, than either is to me. The painter Basil King finds other painters interesting, also peculiar and exotic, not to mention obsessive, grandiose, even foolish. He pursues and collects them and the works for which they're known." Also check out King's other two recent works, Mirage: a Poem in 22 Sections and Learning to Draw/a History: Twin Towers.
Basil King attended Black Mountain College as a teenager in the 1950s, and completed an apprenticeship as an abstract expressionist painter in San Francisco and New York. Although he did not begin to write regularly until 1986, an involvement with poetry has always been part of his life, first in doing art to accompany poems in books and magazines, later as a book artist. Today he is a working poet/painter. Some of his paintings can be seen on the website www.basilking.net or on his Flickr site: King New333. His books include THE POET, WARP SPASM, MIRAGE, 77 BEASTS, LEARNING TO DRAW/A HISTORY, and now the special edition published by Marsh Hawk Press, THE SPOKEN WORD/THE PAINTED HAND/ FROM LEARNING TO DRAW/A HISTORY (2014) and HISTORY NOW/ FROM LEARNING TO DRAW/A HISTORY (2017).Author City: BROOKLYN, NY USA