Ink on Paper
Ink on Paper

As if done with sumi ink, these verses by John Wilson are meditative responses to the landscapes of great classical masters. Each poem faces a reproduction of a work by an artist of mythic stature, among them Sesshu, Sesson, Buson, Musashi, Sengai, Shih K'o, Korin, Ku K'ai-chih, Kusumi Morikage, Taiga, and Kung K'ai. The succinct loveliness of the poems seems often as acute as the verses of Li Po and Tu Fu.

"One of the poems herein says – Art should give us back / The world / That our living / Confiscates – And this is so fitting a characterization of what these master artists and this master poet do, in our terrorist twenty-first century, in which we mourn for a more innocent, simpler, more serene world. In these beautiful pages, art triumphs over life."—Lawrence Ferlinghetti

"Words as precise and exact as the brush strokes he chronicles."—Joanne Kyger

"These poems and paintings prove a compassionate and delicious company. Their reflective perceptions of the common world make a securing place for all to enter."—Robert Creeley

Title Ink on Paper
Author John Wilson
Publisher City Lights Publishers
BISAC Subject Heading ART000000 ART
Title First Published 01 November 2001
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 64 p.
ISBN-10 087286393X
ISBN-13 9780872863934
Publication Date 01 November 2001
Main content page count 64
Dimensions 5 x 7 in.
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $12.00

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