The Vibrant Palette of a Poet's Mind, July 16,2013
By William F. Dougherty (West Hartford, CT United States) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME) This review is from: Breathing Color: Poems by Lois Read (Paperback)
Lois Read's verbal brushwork in Breathing Color, a collection of poems that melds
visual imagery, allusions to the visual arts, and the singing colors of diverse
topographical or place poems, evokes the classical concept of ut picture poesis-
a speaking picture. What radiates from her poems is not merely an impasto of
description but the pulmonary [spiritual breath of life] processing of coloring vision.
Like Arachne's singing tapestries, she hangs variegated scenes and topics from the museum
of her mind- landscapes exhaled as the mood-scapes of her iridescent memory in arresting
lines like the Easter event in which an angel dabs a paintbrush in liquid sunlight, swipes
it against the twig-tops next to skunk cabbage: / a chartreuse shout/ in rose-brown woods.
Wading into Lois Read's gallery of tones and techniques is, as she suggests in Purple
Shorts, like a swim through raspberry swirls. Or to conclude, knitting diamonds of
colors into Argyle Socks in Philosophy 101 that profundities do not suit everyone; that
joy accrues from patterned descendants that found form as I struggled/ To be what I am not.
Breathing Color is a joy of many hues.
'Down an ecstatic line of light' senses somersault, tumble together enfold and entity entirely new. It has all been seen before yet here, in this shining second of everlasting knowing is revisited, reborn startling the mundane