Poetry and Prose Inspired by the Art of Jonathan Green

  • Author: Dawes, Kwame; Wentworth, Marjory
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Serie: Palmetto Poetry Series
  • ISBN: 9781611170924
  • eISBN Pdf: 9781611171860
  • eISBN Epub: 9781611171860
  • Place of publication:  South Carolina , United States
  • Year of digital publication: 2013
  • Month: March
  • Language: English

The best art has the uncanny ability not only to give pleasure to those who view it but also to led to a desire to respond. The best artists are a force for all art, and renowned Gullah artist Jonathan Green's work has inspired a wide range of responses from artists around the world. In Seeking we see how Green's art prompts works of poetry, prose, and memoir. Seeking's evocative power lies in the intimacy of this dialogue, which speaks to the shared sense of landscape and culture that Green stirs in these writers, ranging from close friends and fellow artists from his home state of South Carolina to nationally established authors who regard Green's work as an important cultural institution. The contributors have allowed themselves to be challenged by Green's brilliance, his honesty, his intense spirituality, and his deep love of people. Inspired by a personal quest toward induction into a spiritual community, Green's painting Seeking is rich with history, myth, and truth. The writers in this collection have found fertile ground for their own responses to Green's work, and the result is an engaging and enlivening chorus of celebratory voices.

Edited by Kwame Dawes and Marjory Wentworth, this collection features eleven color paintings by Green in addition to a preface on the history of the project, information on the painting Seeking, and an artist's statement.

  • Cover
  • Title Page
  • Copyright Page
  • Table of Contents
  • List of Illustrations
  • Preface
  • About the Painting
  • About the Artist
  • What is Required
  • On Viewing Roudnice Triptych, c. 1410–1420(?), and Viewing Jonathan Green’s Seeking at Mepkin
  • Into the Forest
  • October in Eden
  • Singing at the Edge of Need
  • Anagram of Seeking
  • Seeking
  • Awakening to Myself
  • Giving Birth
  • Furnace
  • Caul . Call (after) Jonathan Green
  • No Longer Seeking Allegories
  • Seeking
  • Last Stand
  • Lost and Found
  • Seeking
  • Packing a Suitcase
  • Crossing
  • The Seeking Child
  • One Year
  • A Different Year
  • Becoming Me
  • Brother 2 Brother
  • Seeking
  • You’s a Stewart
  • Open Spaces
  • Seeking—A Performance
  • Seek and Ye Shall Find
  • Seeking
  • Never Forget the Bridge
  • Contributors



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