2012 – Robert Pinsky – Selina Trieff


Robert Pinsky
During the laureateship and since, robert has arguably done more to engage the American audience for poetry than any other living poet. And yet, he insists that poetry doesn’t need a spokesperson, that the art—the pleasures of a poem’s sounds, the human hunger to experience things on an individual scale—advocates for itself.

Robert reads poems aloud with intensity, emphasizing plosives and sometimes rocking unconsciously on his toes at the podium. it’s entrancing to see and hear him, in part because he seems to be speaking from inside the poems, his voice propelled by the force of words—whether his own or Wallace stevens’s or Walter savage Landor’s. to hear robert read is to hear a translation from shapes on paper to sounds in air, in the voice of someone who has no agenda but fidelity to the sounds as his ears hear them. in his reading style—its intensity and directness without pretension—one sees qualities of robert’s more general presence and of his writing.

– Maggie Dietz

Selina Trieff
What’s remarkable about Selina’s work is how perfectly the paintings really are. Nothing is really moving, nor do the subjects of her paintings feel as though they ever moved. They are, in a way—and sometimes literally—living in the seal between the living and the dead. There’s an almost imagined proscenium when you look into a Trieff painting—and that is its great reward. Those strange, compellingly long bodies that inhabit some of the paintings look as though they only live there in that world. There’s nobody like that where I live, unless I look very hard for them. And so, ecstatically (for there is a kind of ecstasy here too), they’re Selina’s people. There’s something very old and wise about her paintings, her use of color, and her subject matter: goats and other creatures, women who, at times, look like the artist herself at various stages (in her own past or as a visage of death or, most spiritually and in some far-fetched imagining, as an animal).

– Michael Klein

TABLE OF CONTENTS

COVER FEATURE
– Robert Pinsky

The Instrument of Voice: An Interview with Robert Pinsky
by Maggie Dietz

Keith Althaus on Robert Pinsky
by Keith Althaus

Michael Mazur’s Vision of Dante’s Inferno
by John Yau

COVER FEATURE
– Selina Trieff

Selina Trieff: “I’m on a Quest”
by André van der Wende

Selina Trieff: A Husband’s View
Bob Henry

Berta Walker on Selina Trieff
by Berta Walker

She Was There and I Was Late—Thinking About Selina Trieff
by Michael Klein

FEATURE ARTICLES
Lightspeed: An Interview with Francis Olschafskie
Raymond Elman

Robert Smithson and I
Peter Hutchinson

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