Frederick Seidel has received some unusual tributes in recent years. Writing in n+1, Philip Connors credited Seidel’s poetry with giving him the courage to quit his job. Wyatt Mason made a case for Seidel’s Poems 1959–2009 in The New York Times Magazine—not a publication known for its attention to verse. In the London Review of Books, Michael Robbins likened Seidel to a person on YouTube in a bunny suit, while fellow Paris Review staffer Dan Chiasson compared Seidel’s effusions to a garden hose with a thumb held over the nozzle. These were meant as compliments.
Now the artist James Brown has published a collection of works on paper, canvas, cardboard, and linen inspired by Seidel’s poem “Into the Emptiness.”
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