“'Art, Art, Art!' With exuberant repetition Corinne Robins begins Today’s Menu, her best book of poems so far. These poems whisk readers on a fast-clipped journey through the world orf visual art from the nineteen sixties to the twenty-first century, displaying delight and depth of gratitude at the life-saving nature of the image. She buttonholes her favorite painters and sculptors the way Blake questions his Tyger, firing up ekphrasis, and burning each poem bright.”— Molly Peacock
Comments on One Thousand Years
“With quiet lyricism and sharp sensuality, the poems in this remarkable book-length project create a virtual medieval reality. 'Art on the road to God/God’s timelessness in cold buildings/crosses topping armies of spires . . .' As such, they provide a multidimensional exploration of the spirit of the age through its painting, architecture, religious and philosophical concepts, and more intimately, its sense of color, space and light. Being a noted art critic as well as a gifted poet, Corinne Robins offers us a unique perspective – one where the pageantry and personae she evokes (Heloise and Galileo’s daughter among them) are not locked in the past, but alive in the flux and imagination of our own present. In combination and collaboration with artworks by her daughter, Joyce Romano, One Thousand Years celebrates a new wedding of word and image.”
“Here is a mother-poet/daughter-artist team, infusing their post 9/11 New York sensibilities into medieval legends and images from Heloise to St. Joan. The truism that life is but a pilgrimage takes on new beauty in Robins’ lyrics of chivalry, castles, and abbeys, while Romano’s work re-illuminates the ways art takes us on the road to God. Robins’ poems explore the images of medieval life as Romano displays its architecture. Each page of One Thousand Years deepens Robins’ and Romano’s visions into a robust conversation about one of the great subjects of art, the journey–seen here from two points on the voyage.”— Molly Peacock
Corinne Robins, poet and art historian, is the author of the text The Pluralist Era: American Art 1968-81 and two poetry collections. She teaches art history at the School of Visual Arts and art criticism at Pratt Institute.
Joyce Romano, an artist and performer, graduated from Bard College, received her Masters in Art from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm, Sweden, where she exhibited at the Royal Academy of Art, the SVEA Gallery and the Modern Museum. In America, she exhibited in the “Bad Girls” Women’s Caucus Exhibition in Newark, N.J. Her photo images are based on photographs she took in Sweden and Denmark. She works as a Creative Arts Counselor in Kingston, NY were she also performs with the “Word Salad” Performance Company.
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