Wednesday, February 9, 2011
There Are People Who Think That Painters Shouldn’t Talk: A Gustonbook
Years ago Patrick Dunagan & I staged a mock fistfight in the middle of Valencia Street one night in San Francisco. I remember that it was a very honest response to an agrument we were having on the sidewalk, a logical extension of our mutual stubbornness, as well as a performance piece deisgned to shock the other poets we were walking with. The transition from word wrangling to fisticuffs was flawlessly communicated between us, as if by a kind of empathic telepathy.
There Are People Who Think That Painters Shouldn’t Talk: A Gustonbook could be said to be an example of empathic telepathy. Essentially it is a daybook made up of short sketches of verse, prose & quotations all of which contemplate upon, explore & respond to the life & work of painter Philip Guston within the context of the poet’s day to day ruminations, inside & outside his own head. The deceptfully easy loooseness, the feel of space (displaced), & the rime of the unreasonable, simply stated, catches air, making relevance almost an afterthought, & therefore GRACEFUL. It is the kind of guided tour only a poet can take you on. Such generosity is a rare. “Believe the lie the myth isn’t”.
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