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Cloud on a Mountain in the Boston Globe

Post #1829 • January 11, 2019, 11:57 AM

[Image: panel from Cloud on a Mountain]

panel from Cloud on a Mountain

Cloud on a Mountain, previously described here, came in for praise in Nina McLauglin's column on literary news in New England at the Boston Globe.

"Cloud on a Mountain: Comics Poems from Greylock" (New Modern) by Boston writer and artist Franklin Einspruch is an atmospheric, elegant pairing of paintings and words.

Explaining the genre of comics poems, Einspruch writes in an e-mail, "Just as poetry uses words to produce a particular kind of literary or artistic effect, comics poetry uses words, pictures, panels, speech balloons, and the rest of the syntax of comics for the same end."

In his fluid brush strokes and distilled language, he deposits us firmly in mountain mode, attunes us to the shifting light, the movement of water and air, the growing things—wild flowers, spreads of fern, "moss is a world."

The book is the result of two residencies Einspruch was awarded at Bascom Lodge at the top of Mount Greylock, the highest point in the state, in 2015 and 2018.

The book is meditative, with a sly humor and a wisdom that's both deeply engaged and transcendentally detached. Above the silhouette of pines against a sky, these words: "everything could be beautiful or poisonous or both."

Obtain yours at New Modern Press.

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