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The New Yorker does Tanning 101
The celebration of Dorothea Tanning continues! Following Tanning 101 last week, in which poets Richard Howard, J.D. McClatchy, Brenda Shaughnessy, and others gathered to read selections of the 101 year old poet’s work, there’s a review of her second book in this week’s New Yorker magazine. In the article, Dan Chiasson considers Coming to That, released this month by Graywolf Press:
Its wry title suggests her unique predicament: she is both ancient and precocious, a veteran and a neophyte, the “oldest living emerging poet,” as she calls herself. Poetry has often been employed as a way of slowing down time as we experience it. This has to be part of the form’s appeal to her, but its essential leisureliness poses a challenge for a poet keen to score, as it were, in overtime.