Last night I went to John Yau’s poetry reading at the New York Studio School, where he read several poems, including “Further Adventures in Monochrome,” a poem written from Yves Klein‘s point of view. Here’s a video of Yau reading “My Ten Monochrome Adventures,” an earlier version of the evocative poem, at the Walker Art Center last year during the Klein retrospective. Yau, who until last week was an art editor at The Brooklyn Rail, has published more than 50 books of poetry, short stories, and criticism, including A Thing Among Things: The Art of Jasper Johns (2009). An associate professor of critical studies at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, he writes beautifully about painting and painters. Copper Canyon Press is publishing his next book of poetry, due out in spring 2012.
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