Poetry. Illustrated by Jean Dibble. With critical commentary from Robert Archambeau. REVOLUTIONS is a unique collaboration between poet John Matthias, printmaker Jean Dibble, and critic Robert Archambeau. Two poetic sequences by Matthias, The HIJ and After Five Words Englished from the Russian generate, first, a corresponding sequence of poster-poems by Dibble and, second, a series of "free commentaries" by Archambeau. The HIJ, emerging initially from an alphabetical game using chance operations in the Dictionary, eventually produces something of a character and a narrative, both of which are probed by the artist and commentator. The Five Words are translated from Russian poet Osip Mandelstam's He Who Finds a Horseshoe. Again, the poster-poems enlarge on the text and the commentaries complete a sequence of revolutions without resolutions.
John Matthias has published some thirty books of poetry, translation, criticism, and scholarship. For many years he taught at the University of Notre Dame, where he is still Editor at Large of Notre Dame Review. Shearsman Books publishes his three volumes of Collected Poems, as well as the uncollected long poem, Trigons, his most recent volume of poetry, Complayntes for Doctor Neuro, two books of memoirs and literary essays, and the novel, Different Kinds of Music.Jean Dibble is a printmaker and painter who has exhibited extensively, both internationally and nationally since 1978. Recent years have been spent integrating text and image, as well as delving into portraiture. One of the founding members of the Mid America Print Council, a group dedicated to fostering the best in printmaking via conferences, exhibitions, research, and a journal, she has been active in the organization for most of its existence. She teaches all manner of printmaking at the University of Notre Dame.Robert Archambeau is a poet and literary critic whose books include the collections Home and Variations and The Kafka Sutra and the critical studies Laureates and Heretics, The Poet Resigns: Poetry in a Difficult World and Inventions of a Barbarous Age: Poetry from Conceptualism to Rhyme. He studied with John Matthias at the University of Notre Dame in the 1990s, and taught there and at Lund University in Sweden. He now teaches at Lake Forest College.Author City: SOUTH BEND, IN USA