Making Lists for Frances Hodgkins
Paula Green describes Making Lists for Frances Hodgkins as a poetic memoir ‘in the light of art’. It follows on from Green’s previous solo poetry collection, Crosswind, which included collaborations with artists.
Making Lists for Frances Hodgkins was inspired by an invitation from the Auckland City Art Gallery to talk about their 2005 Frances Hodgkins exhibition. The eight opening poems focus on eight Hodgkins paintings and often use Green’s characteristic list structure; the next part includes a number of autobiographical poems, lyrical and often beautiful, about the role art has played in her life. In the third section art moves into poetry, they intermingle in the works of some favourite artists and in the context of a recent illness; and, finally, a long poem ‘Letter to Anne Kennedy’ brings the main themes together.
Gorgeous, lush, thoughtful -- Making Lists for Frances Hodgkins is a polished collection from a fine poet.
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Making Lists is a beautiful little book. – Hamesh Wyatt, Otago Daily Times