Still Life with Poem: Contemporary Natures Mortes in Verse

Literary House Press | 2016

Edited by Jehanne Dubrow & Lindsay Lusby

With a tradition that can be traced to Pompeii, the genre of the still life or nature morte has most often been used since the Middle Ages and the Renaissance as a vehicle for symbolism and metaphor, objects serving as stand-ins for philosophical ideas, religious principles, or moralizing messages. In Still Life with Poem, poets were asked to create (or to imagine) their own still lifes and to write poems in response to these thoughtful arrangements of things. And although still life paintings are often viewed as unmoving, quiet works of art, this anthology presents a collection of energetic, urgent voices, which speak to current events, the making of art, the domestic, the past, the body, faith, the environment, and the losses we all face. 

Contributors to Still Life with Poem

James Arthur, Beth Bachmann, Mary Jo Bang, Rick Barot, Dan Beachy-Quick, Sandra Beasley, Nicky Beer, Robin Behn, Margo Berdeshevsky, Tara Betts, Kim Bridgford, Traci Brimhall, Charlie Clark, Jennifer Clarvoe, Alfred Corn, Barbara Crooker, Heidi Czerwiec, Kate Daniels, Chad Davidson, Katy Didden, Jehanne Dubrow, Rebecca Morgan Frank, Gregory Fraser, Juliana Gray, Arielle Greenberg, Marilyn Hacker, Rachel Hadas, James Allen Hall, Leslie Harrison, Sean Hill, H. L. Hix, Richie Hofmann, Carrie Jerrell, Vandana Khanna, Keetje Kuipers, Dorothea Lasky, Shara Lessley, Dana Levin, Aaron Raz Link, dawn lonsinger, Lindsay Lusby, Amit Majmudar, Dora Malech, Leslie McGrath, Erika Meitner, Philip Metres, Tyler Mills, Ander Monson, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Amy Newman, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Idra Novey, Lisa Olstein, Katie Peterson, Kiki Petrosino, Emilia Phillips, Patrick Phillips, John Poch, Christina Pugh, Melissa Range, Hilda Raz, Paisley Rekdal, Metta Sáma, Jason Schneiderman, Grace Schulman, Don Share, Aaron Smith, Bruce Snider, Lisa Russ Spaar, Nomi Stone, Yerra Sugarman, Jennifer K. Sweeney, Matthew Thorburn, Adam Vines, Sidney Wade, Sasha West, Caki Wilkinson, Laura Madeline Wiseman, Terri Witek, and David Yezzi.