Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Of Angels & Demons by Neil Ellman

Neil Ellman’s latest chapbook of ekphrastic poetry, Of Angels & Demons: The Art of Paul Klee as Poetry, consists of twenty-two poems based on Klee's images of, you guessed it, angels and demons.  The poems are arranged to alternate, wherever possible, between the two kinds of images.  His approach was to capture in writing the "feel" of the images:  Short (his paintings are almost always small), simple (often child-like), and accessible (even to someone who doesn't usually appreciate haute art and poetry).

About the Author:

Neil Ellman is a retired English teacher and school administrator from New Jersey.  In college, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the school’s literary magazine and won the school’s poetry prize. After graduate school, he wrote very little for many years; but after retiring, he began writing poetry again, publishing, as of mid-2016, more than 1,300 poems, more than 1,000 of which are ekphrastic and written in response to works of modern and contemporary art, in print and online journals and anthologies in twenty-two nations throughout the world.  Among his dozen chapbooks are Illusions Delusions and Dreams (Naissance), Convergence & Conversion (The Knives Forks and Spoons Press, United Kingdom) and, most recently, Mind Over Matta (Flutter Press), all of which are ekphrastic. He has received various honors, including being nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize and twice for Best of the Net, as well as for the Rhysling Award from the Science Fiction Poetry Association.

36 pages, 22 poems

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