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Portrait and Dream

New and Selected Poems

By Bill Berkson

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Format: Paperback, 314 pages
Published In: Canada, 01 April 2009
Titled after a Jackson Pollock painting at once figural and abstract, this collection spans nearly fifty years of Bill Berkson's poetry in all its deftness and variety. His poems, full of nuance, intensity, and exuberant wit, spread meaning across the page like quicksilver. Engaging in a mix of topics and styles, Berkson deals with aspects of the observable world, dreams, art, elements, and ecstasy to create a body of work suffused with light.Born in New York, Bill Berkson is a poet, art critic, and teacher. Formerly a professor of liberal arts at the San Francisco Art Institute, he lives in San Francisco and New York.

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1. We'll actively seek print media and radio interviews to coincide with National Poetry Month (with features likely in publications that range from the San Francisco Chronicle to Modern Painters Magazine). 2. Additional marketing will include National Poetry Month sponsorship, conference display, academic direct mail marketing, and a large, pre-publication finished book review copy mailing to all major newspapers, art media, and poetics journals. 3. We are planning a large tour, targeting poetry series and museums where the author will combine lectures on art history and criticism with readings from the new collection. 4. The cover image is from artist Ed Ruscha and the title is a reference to a Jackson Pollock painting of the same name.

About the Author

Bill Berkson is an influential art critic, teacher, curator, and poet. He has collaborated with many artists and writers, including Alex Katz, Philip Guston, and Frank O'Hara and his criticism has appeared in ArtNews, Art in America, and elsewhere. The former director of Letters and Science at the San Francisco Art Institute, he lives in California and New York.


"Wonderful. . . . Fifty years of slow-dawning epiphany." --San Francisco Bay Guardian "This is a generous selection of work by an important poet of the New York School. Known for his relationship to the art world, Bill Berkson writes a critically astute, witty ('no rest for liquidity'), and lyrically present poetry. The push of his work is upward (buoyancy and spirit) and outward into the real . . . But the purely poetic, as seen in his wonderful translation of Heine ('Selfsame source of all love's flows-- / Lily, dove, sun and rose') is also present, with its binding force and knowing glance." --Paul Hoover "I'd like to thank Bill Berkson for: epitomizing objectivity & subjectivity; amusedly living in the cerulean blue, alizarin crimson mixed with titanium white, & burnt sienna world we've got; & writing for us." --Bernadette Mayer "Portrait and Dream is a rich collection, spanning fifty years of work. The only way to do it justice is to read and re-read it. It's a fine book."--Galatea Resurrects "What remains engaging in all of Berkson's writing is how each poem and how every essay continues to be so distinctively and affectionately rendered."--Jacket2, interview with Berkson

EAN: 9781566892292
ISBN: 1566892295
Publisher: Coffee House Press
Dimensions: 24.89 x 17.53 x 2.29 centimetres (0.61 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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