Devil's Paintbrush: Poems by Desirée AlvarezDevil's Paintbrush: Poems by Desirée Alvarez

Devil's Paintbrush: Poems

byDesirée Alvarez

Paperback | April 5, 2016

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Winner of the 2015 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize
DESIRÉE ALVAREZ is a visual poet who weaves history and the actual with the miraculous and mythic to form magical-realist compositions addressing human interaction with the natural world. Winner of numerous awards, fellowships, and residencies (from American Academy of Arts and Letters, Poets House, and Yaddo, among others), her poems ...
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Title:Devil's Paintbrush: PoemsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:86 pages, 8 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:April 5, 2016Publisher:Bauhan PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0872332187

ISBN - 13:9780872332188

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Table of Contents

TROMPE L'OEIL
Djinn
Echolocation
The Lace Makers
The Order in Which Things Are Broken
If the War Goes Very Well
The Art of Bell Ringing
Early Explorer's Journal
Night Vision
Indian Elephant
Amor Fati
Shame
PORTRAITURE
Scrapyard
Restaging the Battle of the Little Bighorn
Counterspell
The Piñata Maker
War Doll
Essay on What Father Really Does for a Living
Grace
Pilgrimage
Mysterium Tremedum
Aria
Three Great-Aunts Gardening
Great-Aunt's Diary
Lesson in Chiaroscuro
Abstraction is Enchanted Ground and I Have Something Terrible to Paint before Harvest Time
NIGHT LANDSCAPE
Sakuramochi
The Trouble is that We Make Night
Vagabonding
Blood Mandala
Minotaur, Moving
In the Garden
Whale Light
Before the Garden Grew
Letter to the Chief of the Weather
Chorus of Snow Quartz
Lake Lillinonah
She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not
FIGURE-GROUND ILLUSION
Erased Drawing
The Inside of My Mouth
Andalusian
Mentor
The Contents of the Falconer's Bag
Attributes of Speed
Piranesian Space

Editorial Reviews

“Mythical and magical, this debut collection from painter and poet Alvarez portrays human behavior as an interconnected aspect of nature's kingdom. Alvarez slowly, steadily peels back onion-skin layers of history in order to uncover elements of the sublime. Often structuring her poems as series of declarative statements, she utilizes sharp language that never distracts from the central mood or atmosphere. She recounts history, whether personal or cultural, not with judgment or criticism, but with tenderness.” —Publishers Weekly