Often, I don’t choose a work of art. It chooses me. From childhood I have been fascinated with artworks and evocative language. I find it strange but thrilling when a sculpture beckons, a painting demands I pay attention, or a piece of music asks: “You know what I’m talking about?” Through poetry, I can invite readers to walk into paintings, time travel through sculpture, and eavesdrop on conversations I have with artists. Enter a roaring boxing ring in Washington D.C., scramble into forty-thousand-year-old cave paintings in Indonesia, picture yourself in a harem’s den in Algiers. A bronze globe, an avalanche, a Greek god— all provide image and metaphor for considering what it means to be mortal. They shed light on fears and fantasies, opening up views of an inexplicable world as only poetry can.
Lee Woodman’s poems are, in a way, paintings themselves. Their imagery is so vivid that we sometimes feel as if we are there, at the museum or gallery, taking it all in. But the joy of looking is only half of it: her love of language is a pleasure to read. Woodman chooses words with the same precision and delight that one might use to pluck the finest gemstones, or candy.
Lorette C. Luzajic, author, Pretty Time Machine; editor, The Ekphrastic Review
Lee Woodman brings a poet’s mind and an artist’s eye to this superb collection of ekphrastic poetry. Each poem dazzles with its expert wordplay, injecting new life into a static visual image and expanding the original painting beyond its original frame. Woodman is both a keen observer and expert translator of the visual into the verbal. Artscapes is truly a book to treasure on repeated readings.
J Donna Baier Stein, author and publisher, Tiferet Journal
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