Anthony Libby on: "Why I Am Not a Painter"

Appropriately, "Why I Am Not a Painter"--which in fact suggests that he is--contains no visual images at all, though it describes the development of a painting. As in Pollock, what replaces image is not so much plot, though the poem does tell a story and imply an argument, as the movement of the individual line, frequently circling back on itself to create the duration as well as the depth and texture of a particular experience.

From "O’Hara on the Silver Range," Contemporary Literature (1976).


Title Anthony Libby on: "Why I Am Not a Painter" Type of Content Criticism
Criticism Author Criticism Target Frank O'Hara
Criticism Type Poet Originally Posted 28 Sep 2014
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Contexts No Data Tags development, story, argument, duration, depth, texture, experience

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