Two Sequences / Barry Schwabsky
Two Sequences by Barry Schwabsky
Published in a numbered edition of 100 copies
Cover images by Carol Szymanski
"...no, death is not the saddest story of all
but fear, the best stone to build with
and where can I get some more
at least asleep we might be innocent
one must risk everything, since
we know how it is to accumulate
that acrid smell of burnt ideas
weather's getting so dangerous"
Barry Schwabsky is art critic for The Nation and co-editor of international reviews for Artforum. Of his recently published fourth book of poetry, Feelings of And (Black Square Editions, 2022), Richard Hell says, "the poems seem to yield to poetry rather than trying to snare or create it--poetry inundates and the reader is like a component drifting though." His most recent book of art criticism is The Observer Effect: On Contemporary Painting (Sternberg Press, 2019) and he has also contributed to many books and catalogues on modern and contemporary artists including Alex Katz, Dana Schutz, and Bernard Venet, with forthcoming ones on Pierre Bonnard and Rose Wylie, as well as writing the main texts for Landscape Painting Now: From Pop Abstraction to New Romanticism (D.A.P., 2019) as well as for the Vitamin P series on contemporary painting (Phaidon Press, 2002, 2011, 2016).