In a hybrid text combining criticism and poems Robert Vas Dias explores the paradoxes of still life painting.
Burt Kimmelman’s eighth collection of poetry is Gradually the World: New and Selected Poems, 1982 – 2013 (BlazeVOX, 2013). His poetry is often anthologized, has been featured on The Writer's Almanac radio program, and has been the subject of a number of recent interviews (online and in print). Personal essays of his have appeared in the Missouri Review and College Hill Review.
Kimmelman has also published a number of books and nearly a hundred articles of literary criticism. He is a professor of Humanities at New Jersey Institute of Technology where he teaches courses on culture and literature. More about him can be found at BurtKimmelman.com.
Provocative Art about Blood and Masks
Daniel Pešta’s paintings refute the conventions of classical beauty but their nightmarish imagery can be exquisite.
Letter from Antwerp II: Rubens, More Diamonds, and Dogs
ANTWERP — The Jewish Diaspora and the diamond trade are not synonymous. Their stories don’t merely intertwine either. Together they have given rise to two cultural and literary archetypes, the Wandering Jew and the Court Jew.
Letter from Antwerp I: Trains and Diamonds
ANTWERP — The Rubenshuis is not a long walk from the Station Antwerpen-Centraal (the Gare Anvers Centrale, if you like). Antwerp’s central train station rises above a wide promenade that can get you there. This marvelously sculpted stone terminal is defined by its gilded domes and clock that keeps accurate time.