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Jon Thompson - Landscape with Light



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Jon Thompson - Landscape with Light

Published 2014. Paperback, 8.5x5.5ins, 80pp.
ISBN 978-1-84861-349-2 [Download a sample PDF from this volume here.]
Landscape with Light, a subtle and gorgeous book of cinematic ekphrasis, asks an important question about the nature of visual culture: “Do we still worship the old god of beauty, or have we created a new one…” The repurposing of light is clear here, making fluid recalibrations of seeing and feeling into luminous phrases; capturing a form of organic thought in motion pictures. In a language at once illustrative and occult, Jon Thompson is questing for a higher light.” —Peter Gizzi
“‘All along the highway,’ Jon Thompson writes in his mesmerizing collection of cinematic landscape poems, Landscape with Light, ‘strange civilizations congregate in small settlements, like a vision of the past, suddenly there, evident to the eye.’ Otherworldly, uncanny, melancholy, there like the past, like the present, the place (not the people) remains: a glimpse, a flicker, a trick of light that excavates the dark, the endless accretion of shadows. What is to be found there? ‘Desire like a dream of
paradise.’ Ekphrasis is rarely this eclectic, this moving.” —Eric Pankey

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