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The Visionary Gleam
Texts & Transformations
Elise Asher




Sheep Meadow
1994 • 111 pp. 48 color illus. 10 x 7 1/2"
Art / Poetry / Literary Criticism - American

$30.00 Paperback, 978-1-878818-33-1



Well known as a painter, there is no American painter who is as good a poet and no American poet who is as good a painter as Elise Asher.

The poet Elise Asher's life in art is extraordinary. Well known as a painter, there is no American painter who is as good a poet and no American poet who is as good a painter as Elise Asher. Night Train contains all the poetry that she wants to preserve, the truth of her life found in language, a life lived in two arts: her poetry kept until now almost in hiding, her other art -- public.

The poetry in Night Train leads us through a private world, sometimes our own, to beauty discovered, to basic truth, to places arrived at, it seems at all hours, in the middle of the night. We do not know how we got there because the night has been long and Elise Asher was awake when we were sleeping. In the bottom of the night we are startled by her artistry.



ELISE ASHER, born in Chicago, has been living in Greenwich Village and Provincetown, Massachusetts since 1948. The cover for this book is taken from one of her paintings. In 1994 she published, with The Sheep Meadow Press, The Visionary Gleam, a work of exploration and discovery where she juxtaposes forty-seven plates of her paintings with their source or parallels in the poems from the great tradition.



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