It makes perfect sense that poets
be drawn to the plastic arts; whether that attraction is critical, ekphrastic
or practical, the act of creating a composition from the ether of words shares
many formal concerns with making something new from the relative nothingness of
color, line and light. It seems that the impulse of painters toward the poetic
and poets toward the painterly are indelibly intertwined.
Co-curated with Alice Quinn of
the Poetry Society of America, POETS is an exhibition of artwork
in a range of materials by six pre-eminent American poets. A.R. Ammons, John
Ashbery, Star Black, Joe Brainard, Mark Strand and Marjorie Welish have created
works of art that elucidate the processes and approaches to their written
output. With passion and vision, focus and fortitude, their visual voices are
as singular as those written voices upon which their reputations rest.