In Arcimboldo's famous seventeenth-century Mannerist portraits, the sitter's face is composed of organic matter.
In subordinating a mixture of elements into an unrelated whole, imagination can transform the medium of expression itself.
Tim Liardet's Arcimboldo's Bulldog: New and Selected Poems spans nine of his ten award-winning collections and adds new poems, fresh produce, reconfiguring his life's work to date. The book draws on his two T. S. Eliot Prize-shortlisted collections The Blood Choir (2006) and The World Before Snow (2015).
Vivid images, large abstractions, symbols, allegory, elegy, provocation, confession and lyric find a necessary place in his work.
Arcimboldo's Bulldog records achievement and includes a promissory note towards his next collection.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 160 pages
- Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 31/05/2018
- Category: Poetry by individual poets
- ISBN: 9781784105709