So long September. On this, the last day of the month, have a lasting look at Cathie Bleck’s “Transformations” above, also featured on the current cover of Poetry.  Inside, I see a hoof, a hand, and (blush) the distinct influence of Rockwell Kent.

In 2005, Winterhouse Studio redesigned Poetry and, while researching, principal William Drenttel found this Pegasus bookplate by Kent, which we cherish to this day.


Side by side the resemblance between Bleck's and Kent's style is striking. Look below for more of the same sort. For a full range of Bleck’s work on white clayboard, scratchboard, and paper, visit her website. For a backdoor to her inspirations, see her blog.








Originally Published: September 30th, 2009
  1. September 30, 2009

    Interesting, Fred Sasaki. I've not yet visited Bleck's blog, where you say she mentions her inspirations, but this is what her light concentrations bring to mind:\r\r

    Art history says El Greco was a mannerist. I say not necessarily so. The Castillean plains surrounding Toledo are surface rich in chalk, reflecting, at night, moon light, then throwing it back against the clouds. Maybe he just rendered what he saw from his western facing studio window. Interesting, don't you think? He was certainly possessed by light concentrations too.\r


  2. October 1, 2009
     Margo Berdeshevsky

    Oh these are splendid offerings Fred Sasaki, thank you. Light-volt jolts. \r

    (They need no comparisons other than themselves, but Terreson, your link to El Greco and his light possessions & your example is very apt.) And both the Bleck, and El Greco, remind me for all the right reasons, how dearly I hold the notion of visual poetry. \r


  3. October 2, 2009
     Henry Gould

    Here's a horse of a different feather :\r\r

    When we produced this little magazine, way back when, & made this Assyrian creature part of our logo, we were so (parochial) Rhode Island - didn't realize the venerable Poetry Magazine also featured a Pegasus motif!\r

    Then again, maybe ours is (was) a griffin...

  4. October 5, 2009
     Joelle Biele

    Thanks for the link to her website--I love "Waiting in Blue" and "The Nurturary"--the blending of worlds. It's interesting how she uses both scratchboard and ink and paper--insversions! Seems to go along with her subject matter. Do you know what she used for the new cover?