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Freisinger to Sign "Nostalgia's Thread" March 26
Freisinger, professor emeritus of rhetoric, literature, and creative writing at Michigan Technological University, Houghton, has recently released a book of poems titled, "Nostalgia's Thread: Ten Poems on Norman Rockwell Paintings."
Accessible and engaging, the poems in Freisinger's Nostalgia's Thread are provocative reconsiderations of the American experience as depicted in ten of Norman Rockwell's best known paintings, says the website of Hol Art Books (holartbooks.com). Arguably the only serious collection of poems inspired by Norman Rockwell's images, they were conceived just prior to the attacks of September 11, 2001, and written in their wake.
The poems remind the reader that visual art is never static, the beholder's eye never innocent. They bear witness to the fact that each cultural era must inevitably reinterpret its rich artistic inheritance within the context of its current collective experience.
The publication of Nostalgia's Thread coincides with the 40th anniversary of the Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, Mass., as well as recent critical reappraisals of Rockwell's work as an illustrator and artist. These poems, in keeping with the venerable, centuries-old tradition of ekphrasis (the graphic, often dramatic description of a visual work of art) give eloquent voice to Rockwell's art, but they refuse to remain fixed within the paintings' frames. Instead, the poems explore alternative narratives, setting aside simplistic readings of the images and opening them up to a more nuanced response.
Northern Michigan author Jack Dricoll, author of "How Like an Angel," writes this advance review of Nostalgia's Thread: "I believed-before reading these wonderful poems-that I knew a thing or two about nostalgia. About how 'a painting invites you to step into/its frame and complete the story...' Which Randall Freisinger does. And, as with all essential 'telling,' this collection reverberates in ways so wholly unanticipated that I hauled out the art books, enchanted, really, by the remarkable transformation that had just occurred. Freisinger is a poet of insight and originality, and this is one terrific read!"
Nostalgia's Thread is Randall R. Freisinger's third chapbook-length collection of poetry. His two previous chapbooks are Hand Shadows (Green Tower Press, 1988) and Running Patterns, which won the Flume Press Chapbook Award in 1985. His full-length book, Plato's Breath, won the May Swenson Poetry Award from Utah State University Press in 1996.
Freisinger's poems have appeared for over forty years in numerous literary magazines and anthologies and have been nominated four times for a Pushcart Prize.
For additional information, please contact North Wind Books at 906-487-7217.