Ghosts: Mark Melnicove (poems) Abby Shahn (paintings
November 2018 publication date.
GHOSTS–31 poems, 31 paintings, responding to each other.
66 pages, 8.5 x 11 inches, full-color reproductions, quality paperback.
$20 per copy. Individuals: Send check to Mark Melnicove, 216 Cedar Grove Road, Dresden, ME 04342, or send payment via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org
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This collaboration between poet Mark Melnicove (Dresden) and painter Abby Shahn (South Solon) began when Shahn sent Melnicove images of ghosts she had painted, inviting his response. Drawn immediately to the pictures, as if he “had always known them,” Melnicove created 31 narrative poems, matched one-to-one with Shahn’s paintings. Ghosts are what they are without interpretation needed, but they also carry many meanings, and these poems add histories and layers of understanding to the pictures. Considered one of the best artists working in Maine, Shahn has work in collections as diverse as the Portland Museum of Art, the New Jersey State Museum, and the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. Melnicove is author of a 2017 limited edition collaboration (Sometimes Times) with artist Terry Winters, Africa is Not a Country, and The Uncensored Guide to Maine.The book is beautifully printed in color and bound to last.