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The Plains of Heaven

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Ekphrastic poems accompanying new paintings by Kelli Hoppmann.
ebook, 31 pages
Published 2019 by Bergmann and Hoppmann
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Steven Withrow
Feb 06, 2019 rated it liked it
When I started reading this lovely and strange book, my first thought was, These images are complete in themselves and thrive on their mystery. Adding poems is an imposition.

However, I soon relaxed into the fluidity of these painting-poem pairings, and by the time I reached the fifth poem, titled "Emergence," I delightedly read: "In the pink, you still smile / almost graciously at each other, stroke / the bleeding edges of tetraploid flounces, / hold each hellhound's attention with a soft / wor
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This short book contains twelve paintings by Kelli Hoppmann, accompanied by ekphrastic prose poems by F. J. Bergmann. The paintings are beautiful, fantastical, haunting, evocative, matched perfectly by Bergmann's equally skilled and beautiful words. Behind the beautiful surfaces, there are threatening notes--icy expanses, storm clouds, a horned demonic man, a fire on the horizon. Each prose poem offers a precisely-phrased intepretation of one of the paintings, a partial revelation of an untold s ...more
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Jeannie Bergmann, a poet, science-fiction writer, artist, and web designer, maintains, a public-service poetry site for Madison, WI. Journals in which her poems appear include Analog, Asimov’s Science Fiction, North American Review, Riddled with Arrows, Right Hand Pointing, Silver Blade, and Spectral Realms.

She has won the 2017 Gold Line Press poetry chapbook contest, the 2015 Scienc

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