Poems about art have a long and vivid history, and some of our greatest poets have tried to capture in verse the beguiling worlds of colour on canvas.
Geoff Dyer’s remarkably wide-ranging selection encourages us to look at familiar and unfamiliar paintings and artists with fresh eyes.
There’s a contemplative poem capturing the calm of a Vuillard interior, and then there’s life as one of Miró’s dots:
“So here I am, on the edge of animation,
a dream, a dance, a fantastic construction,
A child’s adventure.”
from ‘I Would Like to be a Dot in a Painting by Miró’ by Moniza Alvi.