Last updated on 2013-11-08

About the Book

Pollard’s third collection is a virtuoso, volume-length series of imaginary self-portraits that feature artists from ancient Egypt, through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to the present day. Each artist re-instruments the very act of painting or drawing, making marks on a life that persists from the other side of the canvas, glass or other mediums of death. In these imaginative confidings, Pollard’s new amplitude stretches his linguistic brilliance with a human resonance, confirming his unique voice and arguing - perhaps too quietly - for an essential place in British poetry.

In his poetry David Pollard displays an uncanny ability to let words collide so as to interrupt their sense, only then to renew their saying power somewhere beyond the limit of fixed speech.  His artistry turns words—in his own words—into “glancing letters of illumination craning into the darkness.” John Sallis What is the relationship between the painted image and the poetic word? Pollard enters this fray, discovering new poetic voices that allow both artworks and artists, from the ancient to the contemporary, to paint without seeing in the sense that Leonardo claimed that ‘if art is dumb poetry then poetry is blind painting’. Pollard places his poetic imagination in the intermediary space ‘between dumb art and all the ways it speaks,’ creating poetic painterly portraits that breathe new life into the range of poetry’s traditional entitlements and that allow the imagination in the being singular plural of its works to shine forth. This is a major work and a cause for poets, painters, even philosophers, to celebrate. It is a work to which I will return again and again. Jason M. WirthI also enjoyed Pollard’s Michelangelo sonnets, including a whole octet without end stopping carried off brilliantly!  Peter Brennan

Table of Contents

    • Self-Portrait
    • Bek (13th Century BCE)
    • Brother Rufillus (12th Century)
    • Maestro Mateo (c1100-c1200)
    • Giotto (1266-1337)
    • Fra Angelico (c.1385-1455)
    • Fra Lippo Lippi (1406-69)
    • Hieronymus Bosch (1450-1516)
    • Andrea Mantegna (1431-1506)
    • Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
    • Albrecht Drer (1471-1528)
    • Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553)
    • Michelangelo (1475-1564)
    • Sonnet 104
    • Raphael Sanzio (1483-1520)
    • Hans Baldung (1484-1545)
    • Titian (c.1488-1576)
    • Hans Holbein the Younger (1497-1543)
    • Agnolo Bronzino (1503-1572)
    • Giorgio Vasari (1511-74)
    • Jacopo Tintoretto (1518-94)
    • Paolo Veronese (1528-1588)
    • Sofonisba Anguissola (c.1532-1625)
    • Frederico Barocci (1535-1612)
    • El Greco - Domnikos Theotokpoulos (1541-1616)
    • Anibale Carracci (1560-1609)
    • Isaac Oliver (1560-1617)
    • Joachim Wtewael (1566-1638)
    • Caravaggio (1571-1610)
    • Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)
    • Artemesia Gentileschi (1593-1653)
    • Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665)
    • Diego Velazquez (1599-1660)
    • Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641)
    • Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669)
    • Salvador Rosa (1615-1673)
    • Johannes Vermeer (1632-75)
    • Hyacinthe Rigaud (1659-1743)
    • William Hogarth (1697-1764)
    • Jean Simon Chardin (1699-1779)
    • Joshua Reynolds (1723-92)
    • Henry Fuseli (1741-1825)
    • Francisco Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828)
    • Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825)
    • James Gillray (1756-1815)
    • William Blake (1757-1827)
    • Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840)
    • J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851)
    • William Hazlitt (1778-1830)
    • George Cruickshank (1792-1878)
    • Joseph Severn (1793 1879)
    • Eugne Delacroix (1798-1863)
    • Samuel Palmer (1805-81)
    • Honor Daumier (1808-79)
    • Gustave Courbet (1819-77)
    • Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-82)
    • Edouard Manet (1832-83)
    • James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)
    • Paul Cezanne (1839-1906)
    • Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)
    • Paul Gauguin (1848-1903)
    • Vincent van Gogh (1853-90)
    • Walter Sickert (18601942)
    • Ando Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
    • Edvard Munch (1863-1944)
    • Kathe Kollwitz (1867-1945)
    • Henri Matisse (1869-1954)
    • Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
    • Gwen John (1876-1939)
    • Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
    • Georges Braque (1882-1963)
    • Diego Rivera (1886-1957)
    • Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980)
    • Marc Chagall (1887-1985)
    • Giorgio Morandi (1890-1964)
    • Jacques-Henri Lartigue (1894-1986)
    • Frida Kahlo (1907-54)
    • Renato Guttuso (1912-87)
    • Francis Bacon (190992)
    • Leonora Carrington (1917 - 2011)
    • Lucian Freud (1922-2011)
    • Antoni Tpies (1923-2012)
    • Andy Warhol (1928-1987)
    • Mark Wallinger (b 1959)
  • Notes
    • Biography of the author:
    • Acknowledgements

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About the Author

David Pollard
David Pollard

David Pollard has been furniture salesman, accountant, TEFL teacher and university lecturer. He got his three degrees from the University of Sussex and has since taught at the universities of Sussex, Essex and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has published The Poetry of Keats: Language and Experience which was his doctoral thesis, A KWIC Concordance to the Harvard Edition of Keats’ Letters, a novel, Nietzsche’s Footfalls, and five volumes of poetry, patricides, Risk of Skin, bedbound, Self-Portraits and Finis-terre. He has also been published in other volumes and in learned journals and poetry magazines.

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