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Lay Bare the Canvas

  Featuring Prize winning poems judged by Denise Duhamel

Lay Bare the Canvas: New England Poets on Art 
presents a sumptuous array of ekphrastic poems by contemporary New
England poets responding to masterworks in New England museums. Answering the call, poets such as Rafael Campo, Alfred Corn, Alan Feldman, Alice B. Fogel, and Fred Marchant respond with ardor to paintings by Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Titian, Van Gogh, and others. Lay Bare the Canvas also includes the winning and finalist poems of the Loft Prize for Poetry (2013), judged by nationally acclaimed poet Denise Duhamel.

To enhance the reading experience, images of the artworks along with informative notes about the museum pieces are presented on a CD accompanying the book. A wonderful companion for anyone with a passion for verse and art,
Lay Bare the Canvas is a testament to the vitality of the ekphrastic art form.

Of the winning poem "New York Blizzard," Denise Duhamel writes: "That a poet could arrest the frenetic swish and angles of Childe Hassam's A New York Blizzard is remarkable--that Philip E. Burnham, Jr., could do so in a sonnet is astonishing!"

"Lay Bare the Canvas is the most fascinating book I have seen in years." -- X.J. Kennedy

"This conversation between poets and artists, deep and nourishing, was salve to my spirit. I'll read this book again and again." -- Patricia Fargnoli 

"Luminous, scintillating, vibrating. An amazing feast. It makes me want a second volume." -- Lyn Lifshin

"...Lay Bare the Canvas provides bountiful pleasures. Ekphrastic poetry by some of our finest contemporary poets strikes a particularly New England tone: art-smart, seriously meditative, and strongly grounded...a substantial collection."  -- Cathleen Calbert


                                                         Beatrice Lazarus, Editor; Introduction by B.K. Fischer

                                                                 Publication date: September 15, 2014

                                                                        150 pages, softcover with CD. 

                                                                                      ISBN: 978-0-578-13531-1

ist Price: $24.95  Student discounts available.

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Lay Bare the Canvas is also available at the Brown University Bookstore, Providence, RI.



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