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Coming to That: Poems

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Still later, when I was more in touch with
the world, they told me, "You have a future."
I thought that over. Even if I believed them,
what did my little future, whatever that was,
have to do with the real thing, whatever that is?
—from "Waiting"

In this second daring collection, Coming to That, the centenarian painter and poet Dorothea Tanning illuminates our understandi
Paperback, 72 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Graywolf Press
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Dorothea Tanning: Ave Atque Vale

Dorothea Tanning is one of art's best kept secrets - for some. At the moment her art is a significant part of the exhibition In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States in Los Angeles. Her paintings are rich in surrealistic fantasies and some of the strongest examples of the transient period of art. Late in life she turned to poetry and this collection of poems is th elast project that consumed the final years of her l
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Dorothea Tanning
Coming to That

Dorothea Tanning, one of the twentieth century’s more extraordinarily accomplished painters, also happens to be a superior poet. With the thirty-three poems in Coming to That, her second collection of verse, the 101-year-old poet demonstrates a startling versatility in her aesthetic approaches, in ways that seem to mirror her restless explo- rations of idioms in the graphic arts.

For example, Tanning has a deft touch with great flourishes of the imagination, such as
Nov 12, 2011 Susan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Susan by: given by Graywolf Press
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These are delightful poems-- enticingly imaginative and with a sly sense of humor, they consider the world of politics, nature, poetry, human relations, werewolves and art with playful honesty. "It leans on me, this changing season,/breathless as these old photographs/under the lamp." (Trapeze) "From somewhere/a voice/"Your x-ray was fine."/Snow falls so thickly/I can't/see the speaker./Perhaps time passes,/maybe/not./A lurch through blowing/flakes to an/elevator./It drops me/like an ice cube/ne ...more
A decent if not knock-you-down good book, these mostly narrative, prosey poems don't seem to have a lot on their minds aside from a not-especially interesting vernacular. It captures voices effectively, in other words, but doesn't do much with it, and the result to me is kind of a snore. The narratives do occasionally veer off in absurd directions, and those are sometimes revealing, but not so much so to really awaken this book into the kind of transcendence or insight you might want out of a bo ...more
I am so pleased to have won this through First Reads! Dorothea Tanning's artwork is haunting and beautiful, so I knew from the start that if her poetry had a fraction of her art's power, it would be worth the read. And so it is. Beautiful poems that get better as I keep coming back to reread them.
Amazing poetry that is playful in its linguistics and captivating in its scope. Many require twice reading but not in a way that is unpleasant.
Great poems. I re-read them often.
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Dorothea Tanning was an American painter, printmaker, sculptor and writer. She has also designed sets and costumes for ballet and theatre.
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