Coming to That: Poems

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Graywolf Press
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5.8 X 0.2 X 8.8 inches | 0.25 pounds
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About the Author

Dorothea Tanning (1910-2012) lived an extraordinary life as an artist and writer. She published two books of poetry, A Table of Content and Coming to That; two memoirs, Birthday and Between Lives: An Artist and Her World; and a novel, Chasm. In 2012, she died at the age of 101 at her home in New York City.


"[Coming to That] is playful and unrestrained, each poem containing a spontaneous logic of its own. . . . Tanning's poems take the reader on unexpected journeys that stray far from their beginnings, moving with the momentum of sheer joy and restless artistic energy. Pulsing underneath are larger questions, sometimes almost bittersweet, sometimes daunting." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Tanning's poems are beautifully created, filled with rich rhythms and imagery. . . . Often ironic and often filled with wisdom and humor, a Tanning poem asks readers to believe in her artistic vision. These are poems of beginnings and choices, of marriage and aging, and of creation--poems still filled with wondering." --Library Journal

"Dorothea Tanning, who has had a long and marvelous life as a visual artist, is our most surprising new poet." --Edward Hirsch, The Washington Post Book World

"Dorothea Tanning's verbal wizardry is a constant surprise, an abiding delight." --J. D. McClatchy