“We thought we knew the faces of these twenty-five great poets, smiling serenely from the dust jackets of their books, but in Neta Goren’s beautiful portraits we seem to look straight into each psyche, as if privy to the inexorable tensions and darkly radiant energies that gave rise to the poetry. Twenty five great poets, and twenty five brilliant readings by Shahar Bram, whose virtuoso lyric crystallizations take us straight into the vital core of each poet’s oeuvre. Their book is the best kind of homage that art can pay to art: a dialogue of deeply felt, genuine invention.”
poet and translator, author of CAMUS: Carnets; Dialogos
“These poems and paintings working together create their own imaginative space, a realm unto itself, one that is alive with aesthetic dialogue, sincere homage, and heartfelt beauty.”
poet, author of The Looking House; Full Moon Boat
"The poems are incisive and provocative, reflecting and refracting the tone of the poets addressed, and the reproductions of the paintings really sparkle...these familiar faces are given new life in Shahar's poetic voice.
These "metaphysical portraits" are so much more than straight-on super-naturalistic portraits. There's something new to see in each one, just like there's a new angle on the poet in each of Shahar's rich appreciations/condensed psychic biographies/mini-monologues."
Scott P. Elledge
writer, author of Assemblage; Dissemblings; Semblances; Ensemble
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