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Desire Lines

Essays on Art, Poetry & Culture

by (author) Ewan Whyte

Publisher
Guernica Editions
Initial publish date
Sep 2017
Category
Canadian, Drama, Poetry
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781771831802
    Publish Date
    Sep 2017
    List Price
    $20.00

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Description

Desire Lines features an eclectic collection of Toronto writer/poet Ewan Whyte's astute essays and reviews on art, poetry, and culture, both high and low. Among the subjects included: the Roman poet Catullus, the bondage photography of Maria Coletsis, the rain paintings of Viktor Mitic, Ai Weiwei, Vladimir Azarov, Anne Carson, Leonard Cohen, Christopher Logue's Homer, Janet Cardiff, Alex Colville, Pasolini, Priscilla Uppal, Anish Kapoor and Canadian performance artist Istvan Kantor, better known as Monty Cantsin. Spontaneous and contemporary, essays for those who like to re-think.

About the author

Ewan Whyte is a writer and translator. He has written for the Globe & Mail and The Literary Review of Canada. He is the author of Entrainment, a book of poetry, and a translation, Catullus: Lyric, Rude and Erotic. He makes his home in Toronto.

 

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Excerpt: Desire Lines: Essays on Art, Poetry & Culture (by (author) Ewan Whyte)

My imagination carries my sight through the kaleidoscopic distance, falling away from what was a moment ago. Trees, bridges, water, and the changing animal clouds in the sky shift with the lights at the sides of the tracks and overpasses that temporarily mark all changing lines of sight.

Editorial Reviews

Here cultural critic and essayist Ewan Whyte uses his uncanny and rare capacity to slip inside works of art and figure out what make them tick. In Desire Lines: Essays on Art, Poetry and Culture, a sweeping variety of essays on imagery, language and creativity, Whyte offers up maximum insight with a minimum of attitude. Both a poet and translator, Whyte is a relaxed, lucid, knowledgeable critic of poetry as well as visual art. Desire Lines culminates with his personal essay about childhood in a religious cult. His sympathy for those trapped within bizarre, sometimes sadistic demands (and for art made under severe cultural restrictions) underpins his generous critical views. Whyte triumphed by embracing the imagination—and this splendid collection is a triumph for the arts as a humane and gifted writer understands them.

Molly Peacock, author of The Paper Garden and The Analyst

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