Sunday, March 20, 2011

Renaissance Woman: Collected Art and Poetry of Erin Lale (ebook review)

This volume collects poetry of mythology, science fiction and fantasy, of nature, and of the author's experiences; and three kinds of photographic art: sunprints, slides, and digital images; plus photos of illuminated calligraphy and of quilts.

Many of the poems in this volume are reprinted from publications that are out of print. Lale's publishing career goes back to 1985, and her list of publishing credits and paid works includes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, technical writing, print ads, TV ads, catalog copy, academic papers, web content, jokes, songs, speeches, operations manuals, recipes, and essays. She published and edited a quarterly magazine and is currently the publisher and editor of Time Yarns. Her earliest published works were poems.

Lale is the world's most prominent contemporary sunprint artist. A sunprint is a contact photograph. For many years, Lale sold her sunprints from the now-closed online store Magicalrealist Gallery, where she also sold her craft line, hand dyed fabrics. Many of her fabrics are showcased in the quilts that appear interspersed with the other art and the poetry in this book.

This book is the second in a series of collected works of Erin Lale. The first was Polymath: Collected Nonfiction of Erin Lale. The upcoming third volume will be Universal Genius: Collected Fiction of Erin Lale. Lale is the author of Asatru For Beginners; The Las Vegas Locavore Cookbook; and How to Lose at Politics, Or, Not Bad for a Libertarian. She is the producer/ director / writer / cinematographer of the art film Rain Dance, and of the instructional videos (available as DVDs or VODs) Rune Seminar, How to Make a Sunprint, and How to Dye Silk.

My Review

I am not really into poetry but I do love art so for me this ebook was very different for me. I must admit I really enjoyed it.  I guess being sci-fi fantasy kind of help me liking it more than I would usually like poetry Very well writen and the art was nice. This would be great as a coffee table book if it were a hard cover or soft cover book.If you are into this kind of stuff then I think you will enjoy this book.

I give this 4 out of 5

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