(1539 – 1591) was a Swiss artist, best known for his woodcut illustrations. He was a prolific artist, with some 1,500 prints attributed to him, in the era when engravings were replacing woodcuttings
. Amman also made stained glass
(Google books preview) and jewelry, but there are more examples of his woodcut illustrations, as found on the colored cover of this bible from 1564
, and the black and white images of biblical scenes
. Amman's most widely know work is "the book of trades," Eygentliche Beschreibung Aller Stände auff Erden
(Google books; PDFs of sections of the book
). Ptak Science Books has 25 images with (most) job titles in English
, and here is a full index of English titles
, linking back to Wikimedia Commons
. But that's only half of the book. The other part is the descriptions of the jobs, which are short poems by Hans Sachs
, some of which are translated on the Victoria and Albert Museum
posted by filthy light thief
on Jul 13, 2013 -
"Naming restricts. Once restricted, it’s easy to be judged and punished. Identity is more subtle, more liquid, I hope." An interview with Richard Siken
, a poet whose work is easy, entertaining even, yet ferocious as all hell. If you're new to Siken, Scheherazade
is a short introduction to the man and his style. You Are Jeff
is a prose poem in twenty-six short, brutal chapters. Litany in Which Certain Things Are Crossed Out
is one of his best: "You get magic gloves! A fish that talks! You get eyes like flashlights! / What more do you want? / I make you pancakes, I take you hunting, I talk to you as if you're / really there." He also paints
posted by Rory Marinich
on Mar 8, 2013 -
, Finnish-born poet
, translator, and teacher, has died. A major figure
in the poetry avant garde for
decades, Hollo was a professor at the Naropa Institute's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics
. Robert Archambeau writes: "Hollo's grasp of the gulf between the sublimity of which poetry is capable, and the absurdities into which poets fall in pursuit of that chimera, a 'career in poetry,' made him the ideal person to hold the title of United States Anti-Laureate
, to which he was elected by the Buffalo POETICS list
back at the turn of the century."
posted by aught
on Jan 30, 2013 -
The Xenotext Experiment
is Christian Bök
],"nine-year long attempt to create an example of “living poetry.” I have been striving to write a short verse about language and genetics, whereupon I use a “chemical alphabet” to translate this poem into a sequence of DNA for subsequent implantation into the genome of a bacterium (in this case, a microbe called Deinococcus radiodurans—an extremophile, capable of surviving, without mutation, in even the most hostile milieus, including the vacuum of outer space)." [Via] [more inside]
posted by Fizz
on Apr 4, 2011 -
(1882-1975) (video tribute
from the State Library of Virginia) was a Harlem Renaissance poet, a gardener, a librarian, and an activist. Her work was influential among her peers and successors - as was her legendary and beloved garden
in Lynchburg, Va, where she lived for her entire adult life. She wrote only 50 known poems - 25 to 35 of which were published in her lifetime - on topics that were important to her - the beauty of nature, racism and equality, and her faith, including these 8 of her better-known poems
, Before the Feast of Shushan
, and Lady, Lady
. Many of her poems were reprinted in anthologies, but the controversial White Things
(c. 1918, published c. 1923, inspired by a particularly horrible lynching of a pregnant woman) was never reprinted. [more inside]
posted by julen
on Apr 20, 2010 -
April 13th is Seamus Heaney's
70th birthday, and to celebrate, the Irish press have honored him in many ways. A Catholic from Northern Ireland, his early poems reflected his upbringing on a farm, but his later poems (and time in the States) spoke powerfully of 'the Troubles.' I thought he deserved a mention in the Blue. [more inside]
posted by dbmcd
on Apr 12, 2009 -
Should you find yourself wandering around the city of Leiden, the Netherlands sometime, you may notice some curious markings
on the city's walls.
("Wall Poems") adorn many of the town's streets (clickable map)
, and many English-language poets are represented: one John Keats
, for instance, inside a bookshop; Dylan Thomas
, E. E. Cummings
, W.B. Yeats
, some guy called William Shakespeare
, or this ode to Charlie Parker
by American William Waring Cuney
. [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane
on Apr 5, 2009 -
("beautiful thinking") is the shortest word in the English language that contains all five vowels.
It is also the title of a poetry collection
by Canadian author Christian Bok. In addition to writing each chapter using only words that contain one vowel, (Flash presentation of Chapter "E"
) Bok also greatly limits himself in other ways
An amazing accomplishment that won the $40 000 Griffith Poetry Prize in 2002, Eu
is best experienced in its spoken form. (MP3 links
(If you don't know Bok's poetry, you still might know his other work. He has also created artificial languages for two television shows: Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict and Peter Benchley's Amazon.)
posted by Jaybo
on Jul 22, 2004 -
'Robert Burns: poet and balladeer, Scotland's favourite son and champion of the common people. Each year on January 25, the great man's presumed birthday, Scots everywhere take time out to honour a national icon. Whether it's a full-blown Burns Supper or a quiet night of reading poetry, Burns Night is a night for all Scots.'More
on the Robert Burns Tribute site.
posted by plep
on Jan 23, 2004 -
And death shall have no dominion.
Dead men naked they shall be one
With the man in the wind and the west moon;
When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone,
They shall have stars at elbow and foot;
Though they go mad they shall be sane,
Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;
Though lovers be lost love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion
Fifty years ago, Dylan Thomas
- one of the greatest poets of our time - drank himself to death
in New York's Hotel Chelsea at the age of 39. Swansea
, his Welsh hometown, will be commemorating his life all year, culminating in a festival in the fall
posted by madamjujujive
on Jun 18, 2003 -
America, America: I too love jeans and jazz and Treasure Island.
A poem from Saadi Youssef, published in this Saturday's Guardian (scroll down past Seamus Heaney):
Take what you do not have
and give us what we have.
Take the stripes of your flag
and give us the stars.
Take the Afghani Mujahideen beard
and give us Walt Whitman's beard filled with
Take Saddam Hussein
and give us Abraham Lincoln
or give us no one.
was born in 1934 near Basra, Iraq. He is considered to be among the greatest living Arab poets. Youssef has published 25 volumes of poetry, a book of short stories, a novel, four volumes of essays, a memoir, and numerous translations. In addition to being imprisoned for his poetry and politics, he has won numerous literary awards and recognitions. He now lives in London. [more inside]
posted by jokeefe
on Feb 14, 2003 -
Positive, by Ian Stephens.
Not, perhaps, in the tradition of Day Without Art. But...
Ian Stephens was a poet, musician, and performer from my neighbourhood in Montreal who died in 1996.
posted by mikel
on Dec 1, 2000 -