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77 Beasts: Basil King's Beastiary

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Poetry. The poet and painter Basil King takes the medieval genre of the beastiary, a collection of short writings about exotic animal species, and reconceives it as a way of engaging with a particularly fascinating human species, creating verbal and pictorial portraits of painters, from Winslow Homer to Edward Hopper. Introducer Andrew Crozier explains, "This is more a mat ...more
Paperback, 140 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Marsh Hawk Press
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Martha
Aug 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Of course I think this is dazzling! Whether the "beast" question is as well known as Picasso or Rembrandt or is one the reader has never seen (Elsie Driggs, Bill Traylor) the text brings surprise & rewards re-reading.
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Jan 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The best book of its kind (traditional ekphrastic poems) that I have read to date.
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'William Benjamin Basil King was born 26 February, 1859, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. He had a stormy childhood and strict religious upbringing, alluded to in his The Conquest of Fear (1921), inspired by his fears of becoming blind. As an adolescent who had already for some years been losing his sight along with having thyroid gland problems, the young King was deemed not fit for work. ...more
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