True art lies in a reality that is felt.
— Odilon Redon
In this triple issue of Poetry East you will find Odilon Redon’s famed paintings, “The Lithographs” as well as work by past masters George Herbert and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Read contemporary works by Frederick Smock, Bruce Bond, and Emily May Anderson.
In college I bought a framed poster of Odilon Redon’s “Portrait of a Violette Heymann” and hung it in my otherwise plain room. I loved the painting because it was more than a beautiful portrait of a silent girl—it was a vision. The gorgeous flowers were not sitting on the young lady’s table—they had been produced by the loveliness and preeminence of the imagination as perceived and painted by the artist. Redon taught me that painting is not about what we can see; art reveals what cannot be seen. So too with poetry, for poetry is not art of what can be said, but the art of all that cannot be said. Poetry is the discovery of words behind a canvas of silence
— Richard Jones