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IMAGINARY PAINTINGS.

Baxter, Charles.

ISBN 10: 0945167245 / ISBN 13: 9780945167242
Published by NY: BRITISH AMERICAN PUBLISHING. 1989, 1989
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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UNCORRECTED PROOF. Fine in plain light blue printed wrappers. SIGNED by Charles Baxter. Collection of poems. Bookseller Inventory # 19017

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Title: IMAGINARY PAINTINGS.

Publisher: NY: BRITISH AMERICAN PUBLISHING. 1989

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Synopsis:

Poems deal with art, travel, shopping, families, unemployment, the imagination, religion, and modern life

From Publishers Weekly:

The poems in this debut collection evoke the artistry of Edward Hopper as fiction writer Baxter ( Through the Safety Net) plays with images of light, hopelessness and the loss of American innocence and creativity. The poet fashions a vista of shopping malls, factories and highways in order to rail--often heavy-handedly--against complacency and naivete: "Say that it's hollow and they'll just laugh / . . . which is why if you tilt American heads backwards / American eyes, like dolls' eyes, snap shut suddenly." The way out of this "sleep," Baxter convincingly argues, is via the imagination--the "current" that will "pass through deadened arms, / until all the stories will be original again." In poems that celebrate art, music and literature, "life is proved / to be, not a still life, but otherwise." Despite some awkward imagery ("his favorite word flung in your face / like a blood clot"), and a sometimes blatant didacticism meant to implicate the reader, this volume is redeemed by its inventiveness and originality of form, content and spirit.
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