Heart to Heart:

New Poems Inspired by Twentieth-Century American Art

edited by Jan Greenberg

Brief Summary: In Heart to Heart, Greenberg fuses two extremely evocative forms of expression – art and poetry – to reveal how the forms connect and inspire. Each poet selected a painting to write about in any way – fictional, historical or descriptive and in any style.

Kell’s Chatty Review: This book is incredibly unique. First, when you bring together two very strong forms of artistic expression there is always going to be something wonderful that develops. And this book is no different.

Greenberg: does an excellent job editing this collection. She provides an interesting introduction (during which I actually thought ‘I wish this was a bit longer,’ which NEVER happens in introductions) that explains how the project developed and many of the poet’s thoughts on their selected pieces of art (this is what I wanted more of).

The poetry: and art represented is RIDICULOUSLY varied. And the art images were as fascinating as the poems. Some of the works I have seen before, but many I had not.

My favorite piece of poetry in the book: was Woman at the Piano by William Jay Smith. The poem was so lively and joyful!

My favorite piece of art: was The Umbrellas, Japan – USA by Christo and Jeanne-Claude. I had so many questions about them and was both enthralled and puzzled.

Okay, and: I loved both Martha Graham, Letter to the World (Babara Morgan) and The Cathedrals of Broadway (Florine Stettheimer) because they invoked another form of art: performance art.

What I most wanted to do after reading this book: look up the Edward Degas’ sculpture Little Dancer of Fourteen Years because Greenberg talks about it so highly in her introduction but does not include a picture of it in the book. Turns out, I have seen that image numerous times but never knew its name or the artist behind it.

Where this book came from: the la-la-la-library.


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