ONE THOUSAND SHEETS OF RICE PAPER: POEMS
ABOUT THE BOOK
This third collection of Kevin Cantwell's poetry is characterized less by formalism than by the lyric poem as an exploration of the process of making art. The title poem recounts an anecdote about the mid-century painter Robert Motherwell and the nature of the real, and the opening poem returns to the familiar landscape of the Florida Panhandle where the speaker crosses unmarked rivers at night while getting disoriented, then stymied, by waters that cannot be crossed. Intimate poems from family life give pointed texture to the more meditative encounters within the paragraphing of longer stanzas.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kevin Cantwell has published poems in The Paris Review, The New Republic, Poetry, Irish Pages, Metre, Commonweal, Shenandoah, and Five Points, for which he was winner of the James Dickey Poetry Prize. A Djerassi Resident Fellow, his most recent book is One of Those Russian Novels. Cantwell is currently editing a collection of letters by the American poet William Dickey.