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category: Poetry
published: Apr 2009
ISBN:9781894078719
publisher: Brick Books

Botero's Beautiful Horses

by Jan Conn

tagged: canadian
Description

“Do we want love / each and every day of our lives?” Jan Conn asks in a poem called “Michoacán.” “You bet your ass,” she answers. The poems of Botero’s Beautiful Horses are charged with otherness, bright with the exhilaration and danger of transformation. Many are descriptions of surrealist canvases, astonishingly kinetic narratives composed by looking hard at unusual pictures, the artists’ writings and their circumstances – and letting them speak for themselves. The book becomes a journey away from the familiar into other cultures, especially Latin American. Poem after poem gathers a sense of inner as well as outward journey away from a “perilous childhood” into a wide world rich and strange with a recurrent underworld motif of darkness, blackness. But what a black! Rich and various, life as if viewed in the “obsidian mirrors the Aztecs fashioned from the dark.

About the Author

Jan Conn

Editorial Reviews

"Botero's Beautiful Horses is the latest in Jan Conn's unique body of poetic writing that blends science, history, image and dream into what she calls the Ôstrange embrace' of the surreal, the concrete, the visual, and the intellectual. Conn's verse here is terse and aphoristic as often as it is lush, evocative, and ornamental." Ñ Owen Percy, Canadian Literature

"As a poet and a biologist she merges art and science ... Her work is embedded with contrasts and contradictions ... full of starlight, fire and blood ... " Ñ Janet Grafton, The Goose


Jan Conn is a Dali with a scalpel of words, with colourwheels for eyes. To read her is to feel alive, sometimes flayed, but always securely held in a dream overwhelmingly rich with exotic flora and fauna. She is conducting an operation of intelligence and observation, a taxonomy of the senses cooked over flames of Art and wholly embracing the cultures of the Americas.

— Marilyn Bowering

Botero’s Beautiful Horses is the latest in Jan Conn’s unique body of poetic writing that blends science, history, image, and dream into what she calls the “[s]trange embrace” of the surreal, the concrete, the visual, and the intellectual.

— Canadian Literature
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