Book Review: Rhapsody for Lessons Learned or Remembered August 19, 2011Posted by Jaidis in 4 Tree Reviews, Book Reviews, Jaidis Shaw Reviews.
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Georgia Banks-Martin walks us through an art gallery. We view art, which she has processed and questioned, through her lens: Lawrence, Monet, Van Gogh, Beardon, Sargent, Degas, to name a few of the artists. She challenges the reader to face slavery, grief, and joy, to feel the weight the South bears, to examine art across centuries for lessons. These poems revive what has been omitted in our history books-individual life stories. She uses sound, music and voice to make imagery pulse in these ekphrastic poems. In her poem “Railroad Station,” after a Jacob Lawrence: “Those leaving the towns where father and mother/labored in fields without being offered a yard of thread spun/from the cotton they pulled, have assembled./Packed: Hopes of work, three bedroom homes/water heated in water tanks, classrooms.” As memories populate her poems, so does the theme of hope permeate her book; in Death Dancing, after a Max Slevogt: “I wish memories could be buried as easily as bodies.” . . . a book to remember as you stand face to face with art.
~ Julene Tripp Weaver, author of No Father Can Save Her
Rhapsody for Lessons Learned or Remembered by Georgia Ann Banks-Martin takes the reader on a journey of words with the goal of bringing pieces of artwork to life. Georgia does just that in this collection of poetry. As a reader, I seldom seek out poetry to read because I have a hard time trying to envision the poem. But I love art and can relate more closely to telling a story based on imagery. Rhapsody for Lessons Learned or Remembered feature several poems that jumped off the page and allowed me to visualize the artwork they are based on, without having seen the art before.
Below is one of my favorite poems in this collection:
Breach of Contract by Georgia Ann Banks-Martin
Our contract says all life ends,
though the living don’t plan to honor
Antelope outrun cheetahs,
weeds become immune to herbicides,
roaches flee when overhead lights switch on.
Humans allow machines to breathe for them
’till tired lungs are rested,
holding to the world like
a blooming vine
coiled around its own urn-
This poem is based on a piece of artwork by artist Dale Chihuly entitled Blue Venetian with Green Calla Lily. A picture of this artwork is located in a book by Mr. Chihuly entitled Fire. One day I would love to be able to look through this book to see the artwork that inspired this poem. Until then, I strongly recommend you get your own copy of Rhapsody for Lessons Learned or Remembered by Georgia Ann Banks-Martin and see which poem speaks to you.
Rhapsody for Lessons Learned or Remembered is currently on tour with Nurture Your Books! Be sure to check out the complete list of tour stops HERE but here is the next one:
- August 24th – Susan R. @ Lauracea
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