Fugitive Pigments

Fugitive Pigments In FUGITIVE PIGMENTS Ruth Bavetta brings together the worlds of poetry and art These are ekphrastic poems instructive poems poems riffing off the principles of art the art of living of shading pe

  • Title: Fugitive Pigments
  • Author: Ruth Bavetta
  • ISBN: 9781938853319
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Paperback
  • In FUGITIVE PIGMENTS, Ruth Bavetta brings together the worlds of poetry and art These are ekphrastic poems, instructive poems, poems riffing off the principles of art the art of living, of shading, perspective, colors how to create an exquisite corpse, and what one should know about shadows Bavetta speaks in the voice of Joseph Cornell, addresses Alice Neel, wakes up unIn FUGITIVE PIGMENTS, Ruth Bavetta brings together the worlds of poetry and art These are ekphrastic poems, instructive poems, poems riffing off the principles of art the art of living, of shading, perspective, colors how to create an exquisite corpse, and what one should know about shadows Bavetta speaks in the voice of Joseph Cornell, addresses Alice Neel, wakes up under a sky painted by Andrea Mantegna She writes of making art, looking at art, teaching art teaching us to see.

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    1. FUGITIVE PIGMENTS by Ruth BavettaSo I write a review. I want to share this collection of Bavetta’s poetry with everyone. Even with those who have not really ‘got into’ poetry (yet). What on earth do I say about something that’s as finely drawn as her pencil ‘paintings’, as delicate yet as strong as a spider web (with water droplets deposited on it which glisten like little jewels in the morning, midday or evening sun). Yes, well… I am in love. Every poem is a little world of pain, [...]

    2. The visual arts inform the poems of Fugitive Pigments, a collection by the accomplished painter Ruth Bavetta. The poems are exquisitely detailed as in “Memories Suspended by Filaments” (maps, romance, playing cards, lace, lobsters, small sticky hope) displaying an artist’s eye and a writer’s ear. Poems that deal with family benefit from the precision of objects as the poet illuminates still lives into animation. Ekphrastic poems, likewise, sail from perceptive description into an often p [...]

    3. This is a book not to be missed. It sings beauty through such lucid color imagery and vivid images. Ruth is one of the curators for the poetry contest run every month, read her work to be inspired and to see many portrayals of an image in words, which is her expertise. Her quiet manner is powerful.

    4. Ruth Bavetta’s training as a visual artist is evident in this sparkling first collection of poems. Her attention to detail, and ability to point out details to the reader, is unmatched. According to the Art Institute of Chicago, fugitive pigments are pigments that shift in color. This is an apt description of poetry, and in particular, Bavetta’s writing. The shift is often subtle, more of a sigh than an exclamation, which adds to the strength of the poem. Her language is rich with visual det [...]

    5. Wonderful poems here. I don't know how many I highlighted for quick rereading, well over half I'm sure (love that feature of kindles). Of course I'll read the entire book again, many times. Some of the painting allusions I understood and loved while I know I missed others. but that doesn't matter. The words are what matters. And they are so full of meaning. I'm sure that each reading will reveal more.And knowing the author here at is another bonus. Congratulations Ruth!

    6. From the BookINSTRUCTIONS FOR THE DAYTake with youwhat you will need,leave by the north exitor the south,then turneither east or west.When you cometo the cornerturn left or rightor continue straightuntil you come to a dead end,then stopand look around.This is the placeyou must draw from MAKE A MARKEmptiness is deadly. To master ityou must blemish it. A long slashingline, a curve curling backupon itself, a line that windswith no end in mind.Once you have destroyed perfectionyou will be enteringa [...]

    7. It is a feast of small plates,a tapas to be sampled again and again.Sometimes I thought I would never finish.One or two words would send me into a daydream.I would get lost.I did not want to find my way back.

    8. OK, I admit that I might have missed some of the painting-oriented poems' allusions, and that I don't know Alice Neel from Alice B. Toklas, but consider how a "painting poem" works marvelously as a "writing poem," too:To Make a MarkEmptiness is deadly. To master ityou must blemish it. A long slashingline, a curve curling back upon itself; a line that windswith no end in mind.Once you have destroyed perfectionyou will be enteringa country you have not known.I will not tell you this.You may find s [...]

    9. Ruth Bavetta’s poetic meditation on art, age, time, and beauty, is good for what ails you. These poems do what poetry does best: slow the reader down to a tempo where the report of the senses can be received. As the poet says, “I want just one single minute/to carry like a peach pit/in my deepest pocket.” So the experience of an echocardiogram opens out to include the western sun and butterscotch, the salt smell of the sea, a mockingbird at midnight. In the best of these poems, Bavetta con [...]

    10. Stunning writing! I didn't know what to expect and this volume of poetry is exceptional. Don't miss it! I won't attempt to describe it -- that's impossible. It's simply beautiful in every way. I read this on kindle, but every library should have a copy of this book.

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