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Janet Sternburg
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Janet Sternburg — Optic Nerve
Thursday, March 9th, 2006 at 7PM — Labyrinth Books New York (NY)

Join us for an evening with poet and photographer, Janet Sternburg. A reception and book signing will follow the reading. Images from Optic Nerve, as well as other photographs, will be on display.

Optic Nerve: Photopoems, a collection of Janet Sternburg's poems with her photographs as visual stanzas, has been lauded by creators and critics.

"In Optic Nerve Janet Sternberg exquisitely balances both the line and the image in two different arts -- the poetic and the visual line, and the visual and the poetic image. Because she is one of those rare individuals in the contemporary arts who is equally talented both as a photographer and as a poet, Sternburg can vividly integrate text and image, daring to fuse photography and poetry into a single art genre. Marianne Moore, in her poem, �The Mind Is an Enchanting Thing,� describes the mind as being �like Gieseking playing Scarlatti,� referring to the hallmark of the pianist's gift: he struck each note with equal weight, each finger of his hand exerting the same pressure. Janet Sternberg's double art shares this idea of equal weight. Her photopoems open up new ideas of metaphor, redefining both poetry and photography with a sense of interplay that can only come with equally weighted ability."

- poet Molly Peacock

"...brave and intimate poems"

- Choreographer Trisha Brown

"These carefully wrought poems are perfect analogues to Sternburg's superb photographs."

- Literary critic Marjorie Perloff


Janet Sternburg is the author of Phantom Limb, a meditation on loss and consolation that has been described by Bill Moyers as "the perfect metaphor for. . .the ultimate inevitabilities of life.� Other books include the two volumes of The Writer on Her Work, hailed as "groundbreaking . . . landmarks" by Poets & Writer. W.W. Norton re-issued the classic 1980 first volume in a 20th anniversary edition. Sternburg served as Director of Writers in Performance at the Manhattan Theatre Club and she also produced the prize-winning film Virginia Woolf: The Moment Whole. Her photography has been featured in one-person exhibitions in New York , Los Angeles and Mexico , as well as in Aperture and Art Journal. As former Vice-President of PEN USA , she currently serves on its board, as well as on the Visiting Committees for the Writing Programs at CalArts and Antioch University . Sternburg was selected by The Utne Reader's annual arts issue as one of 40 creative people chosen for innovative work in the arts.

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