Poetry. VISIONS, a new collection of Marc Elihu Hofstadter's poetry, documents the attempt to reify the optics of paintings into the text of poetry. "Marc Hofstadter wields an optical instrument that captures the rays that emanate from the interiors of things, rather than from their outsides. This is what makes him a poet, an excellent one. I believe, as he does that the moment is the key to the eternal and color the key to the invisible"--Yves Bonnefoy. "To read Marc Hofstadter's VISIONS is to feel you're walking through an intimate museum.Zen-like, Hofstadter sets his spare evocations against 'reality, white,/which is unknown to us,' so that we're left to contemplate again the mysteries of art and artist, color and consciousness, and to remember that 'sometimes life's joys are small'"--Kim Addonizio.
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MARC ELIHU HOFSTADTER, author of Luck (Scarlet Tanager, 2008) and Visions: Paintings Seen Through the Optic of Poetry (Scarlet Tanager, 2001), was born in New York City in 1945. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz, writing his doctoral dissertation on the late poetry and poetics of William Carlos Williams. He received a second Master's degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and for twenty-three years worked as the librarian of the San Francisco Municipal Railway, the city of San Francisco's transit agency. He is the author of House of Peace (Mother's Hen, 1999) and Shark's Tooth (Regent Press, 2006), and his poetry, translations, and critical articles have appeared widely in literary magazines.Review:
Following the Chinese dictum, "Paintings are silent poems," Marc Hofstadter bequeaths the canvas word. -- Willis Barnstone
To read Marc Hofstadter's Visions is to feel you're walking through an intimate museum. -- Kim Addonizio
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