In this Art & Poetry bundle, UL Press offers two examples of the perfect pairing of art and poet: migraré by Darrell Bourque and Bill Gingles, and Spirits of the Gods by John Warner Smith and Dennis Paul Williams. These works are sure to please the artist/poet in your life—grab one today!
by Darrell Bourque with artwork by Bill Gingles
Beloved Louisiana poet and emeritus Louisiana Poet Laureate Darrel Bourque returns to UL Press with migraré, a masterful exploration of the ancient Arabic ghazal form of poetry, keyed to the abstract expressionistic paintings of Louisiana artist Bill Gingles. Using this hypnotic form and Gingles’s paintings as a canvas and foundation, Bourque conjures a vivid, imagistic meditation on pressing issues of migration, difference, and acceptance in the modern world.
Darrell Bourque is professor emeritus in English (University of Louisiana Lafayette) and a former Louisiana Poet Laureate. He is the 2014 recipient of the Writer Award from the Louisiana Festival of the Book. His books include In Ordinary Light, Conversations in Verse (with Jack B. Bedell), Where I Waited, Megan’s Guitar and Other Poems from Acadie, and From the Other Side: Henriette Delille (Yellow Flag Press). His newest work, migraré, will be released later this year by UL Press. Bourque is the recipient of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities 2019 Humanist of the Year Award and was recently named the recipient of the Dr. James Oliver-Monsignor Sigur Award by the Louisiana Council on Human Relations for his work in the areas of social justice and inclusion for minorities and the marginalized.
Softcover | 68 Pages | ISBN: 9781946160522 | © 2019
by John Warner Smith and Dennis Paul Williams
In the late spring and summer of 2016, Dennis and I set out to do a collaboration that we had talked about for some time. I would write poems inspired by his paintings. Dennis’s work is very spiritually grounded. As in the case of his art, the poems focus on inner, unconscious forces, “gods and demons” if you will, that influence how we respond to the outer world and who we ultimately become, individually and collectively. Each painting and poem is unique, but there is a definite spiritual and psychoanalytical underpinning to what was imagined. I hope that readers will discover that undercurrent when they see the paintings and poems side-by-side.—John Warner Smith
Spirits of the Gods is John Warner Smith’s third collection of poetry. His debut collection, A Mandala of Hands, was published in 2015 by Aldrich Press. Smith’s second collection, Soul Be A Witness (MadHat Press, 2016) speaks truths of and to boys and men of color as only an African American son, father, and grandfather can. His poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and for the Sundress Best of the Net Anthology. Smith is a three-time participant of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshops. He is a Fellow of Cave Canem, the prestigious community of black poets founded in 1996 by Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady. His poetry can be found at www.johnwarnersmith.com.
Dennis Paul Williams is perhaps most recognizable as the guitarist for Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas. In addition to his music with his brother’s band, he has recorded one solo album of original acoustic music, Morning Light (2010), and has performed on numerous other recordings. Williams’s artwork was the focus of the book Soul Exchange: The Painting of Dennis Paul Williams (Philip Gould, editor; UL Press, 2013). His work has been shown in Canada, Japan, and in cities across the United States from Los Angles to New York. His art can be found at www.dennispaulwilliams.com.
Softcover | 84 Pages | ISBN: 9781946160010 | © 2017