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Evocative Impressionism?

by
Anthony Howarth

My poems have been described as travel poetry, an implied criticism, yet one which I can appreciate. After all, first there was Homer . . .

Personally, I had enjoyed the label 'narrative poems' until I came upon 'evocative impressionism' in a critique of paintings by Jack Vettriano. (I have long admired his paintings for their sense of humour and audacious cheek, as well as skill of execution.)

It seems he had difficulty in finding a gallery which would exhibit his work. Vettriano's paintings have been dismissed, by some, as being just cartoons (say now, Breugel), as humorous and satirical (something wrong with that?), or soft porn (really, Rubens?); too popular by far ( tut tut, Mozart, Handel and Beethoven?), and as photo-realism (well, Vermeer, it takes considerable technique to realise that). Yet, by those not of the establishment art world, Vettriano is generally considered a sublime impressionist, an evocative impressionist.

Evocative Impressionism also best describes most of my poems. Otherwise, they could, of course, be categorised, variously, as: Travel or Road poems; humorous and satirical; realistic, porn, biographical, nostalgic, and, worse yet, all of the above. 

Evocative impressionist will do.


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KIRKHAM HEADHUNTERS
and
PEACE

and
CELESTIAL HAMBURGERS

 

The Traveller Series - five volumes of narrative poems
a Tall Poppy Press Ltd. publication
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Evocative Impressionism

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