The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven

In The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven, Brian Teare explores paradox Teachers are sought and rejected the Buddha, Christian thinkers, an Abstract Expressionist painter illness is at once personless violence and a means of perfection the body, both physical and a nostalgic memory from the days before sickness There is also heaven itself something Agnes Martin sIn The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven, Brian Teare explores paradox Teachers are sought and rejected the Buddha, Christian thinkers, an Abstract Expressionist painter illness is at once personless violence and a means of perfection the body, both physical and a nostalgic memory from the days before sickness There is also heaven itself something Agnes Martin s Buddhist readings would insist is possible and current on earth, but a notion that the sufferer ruptures by existing The space of the hospital designed to be as utilitarian and perfect as graph paper, filled however with blood tests, nausea, vomiting, weeping becomes a palpable hell Teare s title is in this way wishful thinking, a goal prayed for perhaps the form of the body, emptied of the illness that entered it uninvited, can attain heaven, though altered by messy suffering Indeed, the calmed body may be a new object entirely, as void as it is beautifully scarred by its new understanding form empties itself on its way to heaven Titled with Agnes Martin s singularly flowing lines, these poems weave phrases from writers as rangy as Larry Eigner and Rosalind Krauss, Antonio Damasio and Maurice Blanchot together with an evolving examination of the immediate experience of illness and pain In The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven, a kind of stillness gradually builds through these carefully shaped pieces, a distilled poise in which one comes to hear Agnes Martin as one simultaneously sees the Zen koan that the collection itself slowly, precisely forms Cole Swensen To live we must bring perception and proprioception into alignment outer and inner must correspond Disease threatens this correspondence Teare, struggling with illness, searches for lost balance through an intense engagement with the painting of Agnes Martin These achingly beautiful poems demonstrate the ways that, as Dickinson puts it, After great pain, a formal feeling comes Rae Armantrout After centuries of poets and painters collaborating comes this very different and remarkable integration of artistic forces Brian Teare placed his body and poems into the Agnes Martin grid for a holistic magic that, as he writes, I couldn t tell until I held it and we feel all the unloved places of our world rise up with him It is rare to bear such change with the poet Do not pass by this book without grabbing it CAConrad from the publisher s website
The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven In The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven Brian Teare explores paradox Teachers are sought and rejected the Buddha Christian thinkers an Abstract Expressionist painter illness is at once personl

  • Title: The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven
  • Author: Brian Teare
  • ISBN: 9781934103623
  • Page: 373
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven”

    1. This is a beautiful book. The poet uses his own illness and the paintings of Agnes Martin as his muse. A wonderful mix of gloom, joy, and magical thinking. Sometimes hollow, sometimes whole.

    2. The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven by Brian Teare is a collection of poetry recounting the author’s struggle with a life threatening disease. The collection references artwork by Agnes Martin- her work is very geometric, grids painted across color fields. When he references her work, he mentions it as a safe place, a home. That his mind functions as a grid- and the poetry reflects that. Each poem boasts a different shape on the page, many are grid-like. Due to this though each poem is a [...]

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