When it comes to love, war, friendship, and loss, Newberry's double-edged blade of memory is never less than finely honed. She understands thatÑsomewhere, everywhere, sooner or laterÑit's a matter of physical, emotional, or psychic survival.
In these poems you'll find no small share of humane deliveranceÑone very human life at a time. David Clewell
for Djelloul Marbrook's Brushstrokes and glances
precise and knowledgeable poetry about visual art, Djelloul Marbrook has
made a book almost as good as visiting a museum. In fact, the poems here
about museums, galleries, and studios are as penetrating as the ones about
the art. Marbrook has lived in a world inhabited by paintings (both his
mother and his aunt were noted painters) and these poems testify to years
of careful seeing. Brushstrokes and Glances is an intimate book, rich
with sly humor, sharp detail, and deep engagement. I will see my own favorite
works of art with new attention for having read these beautiful poems.
Anderson, author of Windfall: New and Selected Poems
Marbrook is one of those colossal poets able to bridge worldspoetry
and art, heart and mindwith rare wit, grace, and sincerity; a soft-spoken
artist with the courage to face the "fatal beckoning" of his
muse. Here is crisp intellect, seamlessly interwoven with loss and longing.
The result is poetry at its best: at once both gritty and refined, private
and political, tender and tough as iron. Again, Marbrook has given readers
of contemporary poetry something well worth reading.
Meyerhofer, author of Blue Collar Eulogies
a poet with a wonderful authentic voice . . . a breath of fresh air .
. . the rare ability to say a lot with a little . . . clear-sighted, eloquent,
and precise . . . uses the lightest touch . . . to fashion poems that
resonate with truth and honesty . . . a poet worthy of respect and of
a following . . . Marbrook has a lifetime of experience, a head full of
knowledge, and an innate feeling for what works . . . a unique and powerful
point of view and a clear voice."
Constable in N.Y. Journal of Books
technical precision with imagistic inventiveness to render an intimate
benediction in praise of fine art . . . brims with well-made poems in
which irony and refinement collide . . . affably invites readers to share
in its quest for art-related meaning."
Marbrook's new book is a love letter to art and art museums . . . Paintings
and artifacts alike come alive under Marbrook's gaze. Neither artist nor
critic, but son & nephew of artists of some renown, Marbrook reveals an
intimate connection with both made objects and their makers . . . effortlessly
marries history and art . . . looks at art the way a drinker drinksÑdeeply,
passionately, and desperately, as if his life depended on it. Reading
these poems makes you want to run out to your favorite museum and look
again, as you have never looked before, until the lights go out.
Louise Ungar, author of Charlotte Bronte, You Ruined My Life and The Origin of the Milky Way
. . . a taut interplay between wit and gravity . . . between the private
and the political spheres . . . Marbrook always delights and surprises
with his twists of thoughts."
O'Reilly (Dublin, Ireland), in Currently Reading
Marbrook's triumph is not only that he can experience art the way most
of us cannot, it is also that he can articulate his vision and share it
in this beautifully crafted book of poems . . . an invitation to 'lift
the curse of containment' (see A naming spree) . . . an invitation
well worth accepting."