Children of Grass
Book Topics
Walt Whitman
Leaves of Grass
contemporary poets
portrait photography
Joy Harjo
Nikki Giovanni
Danez Smith
Joyce Carol Oates
Rita Dove
Robert Hass
Dorianne Laux
Gregory Pardlo
Mark Doty
Sam Sax
Javier Zamora
Ada Limón
Terrance Hayes
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Children of Grass : A Portrait of American Poetry

With this fascinating synthesis of word and image, internationally renowned photographer B.A. Van Sise offers a visually stimulating anthology that will enchant lovers of both poetry and photography. At times whimsical, surreal, challenging, enigmatic, joyful and sobering, these portraits- running adjacent to poems by each of their subjects-highlight some of the most influential poets of our time and celebrate creativity as only these poets in collaboration with Van Sise could convey. Children of Grass is also a timely homage to Walt Whitman-of whom Van Sise is a relative-and his masterpiece, "Leaves of Grass," during this, the 200th anniversary of his birth. Children of Grass, will, as a contemporary homage to Whitman, stand as a lasting tribute to the vitality and creativity that flourishes in our country.

Author portrait by Jolene Lupo & Geoffrey Berliner/Penumbra Foundation
Book Topics
Walt Whitman
Leaves of Grass
contemporary poets
portrait photography
Joy Harjo
Nikki Giovanni
Danez Smith
Joyce Carol Oates
Rita Dove
Robert Hass
Dorianne Laux
Gregory Pardlo
Mark Doty
Sam Sax
Javier Zamora
Ada Limón
Terrance Hayes

Reviews and Comments

  • "Why do we desperately need books like this? At least for me, it's because we occasionally need to be reminded that there are still mysteries out there, questions that have no answers. It is nice to be re-introduced to wonder."
    WNYC
  • "B.A. Van Sise's photographs of contemporary poets, paired with their poems, are inspired, playful, and absolutely gorgeous. The word for what this book is, what this book gives me, is pleasure."
    Author of Good Bones
  • "Van Sise's imaginative, creative, and humorous eye reveals the 'person' of the poet and deeper meanings of their poems in ways that sometimes startle, but always feel truthful. That is the purpose of photography and poetry."
    Pulitzer Prize winner and former chief White House photographer