Starting with one of the best-known poems in the American canon, William Carlos Williams' 'This is Just to Say,' Kate McLoughlin adopts and transposes Picasso's template for re-imagining Velazquez's Las Meninas onto both Williams' poem and the history of the Velazquez painting. The result is 58 variations - short poems that embody both Williams' pithy wit and the mystery of Picasso's 58 adaptations of Las Meninas; where Picasso's paintbrush transforms Velazquez's muted tones to bold colours, McLoughlin's 'I' says of Williams' Plums, 'They are the last things you'll take of mine.' 'Plums' is a tour de force of transformation, an example of how compelling art can emerge from a chrysalis of absurdity.
|Publication date:||13th October 2011|
|Publisher:||Flipped Eye Publishing Limited|
|Categories:||Poetry by individual poets,|
Kate McLoughlin lectures in English Literature at Birkbeck College. She is the author of 'Martha Gellhorn: The War Writer in the Field and in the Text' (2007) and 'Authoring War: The Literary Representation of War from the Iliad to Iraq' (2011), editor of 'The Cambridge Companion to War Writing' (2010) and co-editor of 'Tove Jansson Rediscovered' (2007) and 'Memory, Mourning, Landscape' (2009). Born in Birkenhead, Kate is an Associate of the Royal College of Music in piano performance. 'Plums' is her first book of poems.More About Kate McLoughlin