Michelangelo's Seizure

Author: Steve Gehrke
Providing poetic entry into the visual arts
Paper – $16
Publication Date: April 2007
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About the Book

In Michelangelo's Seizure, Steve Gehrke seizes the lives of a number of classic and contemporary painters--from Caravaggio to Magritte, Francis Bacon, and Jackson Pollock--to demonstrate how these artists transformed physical, psychological, and political suffering into art. Mirroring the brushstrokes in long, metaphor-laden sentences, Gehrke moves freely through the canvas, into and out of the artists' lives, into the public realm, into history, to capture the way the creative mind can transform even the most violent surroundings--a prison cell, a battlefield, a madhouse--into a masterpiece.

About the Author

Steve Gehrke lives in South Orange, New Jersey, and teaches at Seton Hall University. His first book, The Resurrection Machine, won the 1999 John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, and his second, The Pyramids of Malpighi, won the 2002 Philip Levine Prize in Poetry. His other awards include a Pushcart Prize and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.