Friday, January 4, 2013

Review: We Bury the Landscape by Kristine Ong Muslim

We Bury the Landscape is a collection of ekphrastic poems and short stories, meaning they are written in response to another piece of art. In this case, they reference pieces of art by Joan Miro and Salvador Dali and many others.

Kristine Ong Muslim is somehow able to give a voice to the people and objects in the paintings she references. They feel real, come alive and touch you. This is the type of poetry I enjoy. It gives voice to something that doesn't have one. It is more free-flow prose than structured stanzas. It is so much more accessible to those, like me, who have a hard time with poetry.

I only wish I had had the paintings readily available to look at while reading. I did go online and pull some up. Will probably go back and find more and retread the stories to see how they relate and how they don't.

Very cool read. I am so glad I finally opened this up and lost myself within it for awhile.

Source: Sent by author for review


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1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed this also (my review). Some gorgeous artworks I had not come across before to be found in this collection.


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