GOLD IN THE SHADOW: TWENTY-TWO GHAZALS AND A CENTO FOR PHYLLIS WEBB

Mar. 13 2021
Diana E. Hayes
New Publication

GOLD IN THE SHADOW by Diana Hayes launches March 8, 2021

In the book’s introduction, Hayes tells us these poems were incubating while she worked for several years with Phyllis Webb on a catalogue of her paintings. These carefully crafted ghazals combine textures and themes from Webb’s canvases and poems.  The book is a fitting tribute for the occasion of Webb’s ninety-fourth birthday and includes twenty-two ghazals and a cento, constructed with lines from Webb’s book, Water and Light.  Entries appear on left-hand pages alongside the ghazals and provide references and a kind of topographic guide, revealing the poet’s journey and creative process.

 "I once stood on a rooftop in Argentina and watched a man, in the square below, tango with an invisible partner. The one he held in his arms moved with him and through him in such a way that it was impossible to tell who was leading and who following. Diana Hayes’s collection Gold in the Shadow: Twenty Two Ghazals and a Cento for Phyllis Webb is a dazzling rendition of such a dance. Like the vesper flight of swifts, these poems recalibrate on the wing, orienting themselves to the echoes of a beloved poet – at the same time they are perfectly themselves. They are enough. They are more than enough. The bones are rising with the moon. Gravitas. She is praised. "

            Eve Joseph, author of Quarrels and In The Slender Margin

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