Apprehensions of Van Gogh
Author: David Pratt
Title: Apprehensions of Van Gogh: Selected Poems, 1960 – 2014
ISBN: 978-1-927725-21-4 = 9781927725214 – Soft cover
Trade Paperback: 136 pages – 6 X 9
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Genre: Poetry, Canadian
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The settings for David Pratt’s poetry are as diverse as their content and form, including Canada, Cuba, the Czech Republic, Israel, France, Norway, Spain, and the isles of Greece. Certain themes recur: war is one of them, reflecting the poet’s childhood under German bombers in wartime England. Another theme is art and artists, celebrating the work of the Canadian Fred Varley, the Czech Jakub Schikaneder, the Norwegian Edvard Munch, and the Dutch van Gogh. Other poets and writers are memorialized: Irving Layton, Al Purdy, Isaac Babel, André Frénaud. Interspersed among these pieces are personal poems that record the heart`s journey across the decades.
David Pratt’s work impresses with its directness and emotional honesty. His war poems pack a visceral punch, while his formalist verse thrills with refined musicality.
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