Sophia 46 (2):193-198 (2007)

Patrick Hutchings
University of Melbourne
A review of Peter Steele’s: The Whispering Gallery: Art into Poetry, in which Steele writes poems on and to paintings and the sculpture Black Sun (By Inge King) in the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia. Each work on which there is a poem is reproduced. In this book Steele writes more to the ‘contour’ of the topic-work than he did in Plenty. His poems – as ever sidenoted – are tensed between the topicality of the work of art in question, and Kant’s aesthetic which involves ‘the free play of the cognitive faculties’. In ths tension lies the particular pleasure of Steele’s poetry.
Keywords STEELE Peter. The Whispering Gallery: Art into Poetry. The National Gallery of Victoria. BROWN Joseph Collection. Inge KING, Black Sun  SKELTON John: ELIOT T.S., The Waste Land. POUND Ezra, Cantos  KANT Immanuel, his definition of the aesthetic as ‘the free play of the cognitive faculties’. COOPER Helen
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