Thursday, November 5, 2015

Mind Over Matta by Neil Ellman

Neil Ellman's poetry chapbook, Mind Over Matta, contains poems about the art of Roberto Sebastian Antonio Matta Echaurren, better known as Matta, b. 1911, d. 2002.  He was a Chilean artist and seminal figure in 20th century abstract expressionist and surrealist art.  Although he was a member of the Surrealist group, he broke with them because of his insertion of social and political elements into his art.  The work itself often depicts abstracted figures and barely recognizable shapes in multi-dimensional and complex cosmic landscapes.


After being an award-winning poet in college, Neil Ellman wrote very little for the next forty years.  Now, however, he is widely published in nations from “A.” Australia to “Z,” Zimbabwe.  In addition to his other poems, he has published more than 900 ekphrastic works in print and online journals, anthologies and ten chapbooks, the most recent of which are Mirrors of MirĂ³ (Flutter Press), Abstractions (The Camel Saloon, Books on Blog), Convergence and Conversion (Knives Forks and Spoons Press), Conversations with the Muse (Fowlpox Press) and Cognates (Kind of a Hurricane Press).  His special interest in ekphrastic poetry is based on a life-long passion for modern art and the many hours he spent wandering through the galleries of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum in New York City.  He has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize and twice for Best of the Net.

32 pages, 21 poems

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