Calm Things: Essays

Calm Things: Essays by Shawna Lemay

Title: Calm Things: Essays
Author: Shawna Lemay
ISBN10: 0978491734
ISBN13: 978-0978491734
Publisher: Palimpsest Pr; First Edition edition (September 1, 2008)
Language: English
Subcategory: History & Criticism
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Pages: 85 pages
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The term still life did not come into being until 1650. The French adopted the term nature morte, dead nature, around 1750. The painter de Chirico was said to have preferred the Italian term vita silente. The Japanese, however, call still life, calm things. Calm Things is the title essay of this collection of meditations on what it is like to live with still life, and to live poetically. Both an insiders glimpse into the precarious world of artist and poet, and a long gaze at objects and the calm and silence they hold, these essays prize the ordinary, radiant gift of common things.