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Rothko David Swartz

Rothko

David Swartz

Published December 22nd 2008
ISBN : 9781440115141
Paperback
116 pages
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Rothko, the title long-poem of this slim volume, is an attempt to crystallize 20 texts on a very elusive major abstract expressionist (a designation of which the artist himself derived scant satisfaction) into a dramatic monologue in a wholly newMoreRothko, the title long-poem of this slim volume, is an attempt to crystallize 20 texts on a very elusive major abstract expressionist (a designation of which the artist himself derived scant satisfaction) into a dramatic monologue in a wholly new verse form, 33 sections of 6 couplets of nearly identical length lines, each section preceded by a brief haiku-like quotation from the 3 most seminal texts. This ambitious deconstruction of both man and artist in the very act of his gashing forearms with a razor blade, is of interest to the scholar as well as the general reader, for it provides a fresh and compelling view into the psychology and motivations of one of our greatest Americans.The other 4 long-poems in this volume provide another access to the general reader in particular, insight, that is, into the psyche of the poet himself-Grove Street, a paen to a quiet suburban setting- Mundtot, an investigation of the mouth-death or curtailment-of-verbal-expression in our own contemporary culture, an over-reliance on market in publishing circles as opposed to the more tangible political repression in the larger past, particularly Nazi Germany- Beethovens Teeth, the dark hole of the poets often wayward consciousness, imagery courtesy of 20th Centurys Francis Bacon- and NORMAN Jack Turner, the concluding work, a requiem for a dear friend, dead of AIDS in 1996.The 4 long-poems exist in their own right but also simply as an aside when juxtaposed to the power and originality of Rothko itself.