Children of Grass: A Portrait of American Poetry


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Schaffner Press
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9.9 X 11.6 X 0.8 inches | 2.9 pounds

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About the Author

A frequent contributor to Buzzfeed, B.A. Van Sise is also a travel and features photographers. He has been a staffer for Newsday and AOL CityGuide, and his work has been featured on the cover of the New York Times, on PBS NewsHour, and on NPR. A number of his portraits are in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian.


"Children of Grass: Portraits of American Poetry is an enriching and visually stimulating anthology that will enchant and win over lovers of both poetry and photography." CARY BENBOW F-Stop: A Photography Magazine
"Beautifully is the assorted images that bring the book to life...enticing, sometimes spiritual, sensual or subversive images...beguiling photographs that hold the book together and create a compelling narrative." SIMON ZONENBLICK Sabotage Reviews
"This beautifully produced book contains poems that fit into all categories. Among the best are those where the images and beats take root." JACQUELINE CUTLER Newark Star Ledger
"Among remarkable books of the year none is likely to be more startlingly original than B. A. Van Sise's book of photographs, Children of Grass: A portrait of American poetry." JOYCE CAROL OATES
"Van Sise has created a singular and irresistible volume of poetry and collaborative visual lyricism that will enthrall poetry lovers and break down the hesitation of those wary of the form." DONNA SEAMAN Booklist
"Van Sise's imaginative, creative, and humorous eye reveals the 'person' of the poet and deeper meanings of their poems in ways that sometimes startle, but always feel truthful. That is the purpose of photography and poetry." DAVID HUME KENNERLY Pulitzer Prize winner and former chief White House photographer
"B.A. Van Sise's photographs of contemporary poets, paired with their poems, are inspired, playful, and absolutely gorgeous. The word for what this book is, what this book gives me, is pleasure." MAGGIE SMITH Author of Good Bones
"Why do we desperately need books like this? At least for me, it's because we occasionally need to be reminded that there are still mysteries out there, questions that have no answers. It is nice to be re-introduced to wonder." ARUN VENUGOPAL WNYC