Blue Nude Migration
- PUBLISHED: February 2020
- SUBJECT LISTING: Literature / Poetry
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 90 Pages, 6.75 x 8.5 in, 13 color illus.
- ISBN: 9780899241692
By means of exceptionally concrete and direct language, Laura Stott’s poems lift dark matter up out of the shared unknown and give it shape. They have the simplicity of blue shadows and bells, the curiously beautiful postures of shore birds in a marsh. This is a book of clear-eyed and original work. Neither the poems nor the stunning images that accompany them melt away as you read—they keep reminding that mystery inheres not in abstract complexities but in the essential experience of our inner lives as they encounter and create the world.
Authors & Contributors
Laura Stott is author of In the Museum of Coming and Going; her poems have also appeared in Western Humanities Review, the Aurorean, Sugar House Review, Rock and Sling, Copper Nickel, Memorious, and Cutbank. She teaches at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Artist Katheryn Stott Buxton received a BFA at Brigham Young University and currently resides in Provo, Utah.
Who are the blue nudes? A garden of succulents? A small town of fallen birds? A woman 'folded into a ball of tears'? In Laura Stott’s bewitched collection of poems Blue Nude Migration, the figures Henri Matisse cut out of blue-tinted paper when he was too ill to paint migrate off the gallery walls. It is a shadow-world we follow them into, a strange and charmed earth, one no longer defined but open to meaning: 'I give a blue moon to the old woman. / She places it on her cheek.' This is a beautiful book.- Melissa Kwasny, author of Where Outside the Body Is the Soul Today
Laura Stott’s Blue Nudes meet a world winding down, its inhabitants lost in lush and lovingly rendered stories compressed into poems! These nudes—with gorgeous paintings to illuminate them in situ—step from deep and vivid dreams and open their arms to take us in.- Nance Van Winckel, author of Pacific Walkers and No Starling