Monday, July 07, 2014
Peter Stephens at Slow Reads has just published a long and loving comparison of my work to that of painter Andrew Wyeth. The comparison of In This Place: Selected Poems 1982-2013 to Wyeth's painting astounds me, for some years ago, when I was at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, I turned into a small alcove (photo here) where the only thing hung was Wyeth's "Christina's World." It was if I had been clubbed. I stood transfixed, pulled in, caught. One of my companions said afterwards: "Tom, I saw you go into that painting. I didn't know if you were coming back out." Peter's words humble me. Thank you, Peter.