Poems by Carol Dine
Artwork by Samuel Bak
Introduction by Lawrence L. Langer
Destiny Barletta & Tess Mattern
Orange Night, a collaboration between internationally acclaimed artist, Samuel Bak, and poet/author, Carol Dine, presents a unique dialogue on the subject of the Holocaust. The cumulative effect of Bak’s paintings and drawings and Dine’s poetic commentary transcends the artists’ individual talents. Their vision creates for the reader an intimate confrontation with history, as well as a belief in the healing power of art.
Carol Dine is a celebrated poet, essayist, and memoirist. Her memoir, Places in the Bone (Rutgers University Press, 2005), which combines prose and poetry, deals with the redemptive power of art. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary magazines, including Aesthetica Creative Arts Annual (UK), Bitter Oleander, Boulevard, Inkwell, Lilith and Salamander, as well as within the anthologies After Shocks: Poetry of Recovery and Poems Against War: Bending Toward Justice. Dine received a grant from the Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for her manuscript Sutures: Poems on Art and War and the Sword of Hope Award from the American Cancer Society. She has been a resident at the McDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. She lives in Boston where she teaches writing at Suffolk University and Massachusetts College of Art & Design, where she presented the 2012 Marjorie Hellerstein Literary Reading and Lecture.
Samuel Bak was born in Vilna in 1933, had the first exhibition of his drawings at the age of nine in the Vilna Ghetto. Having survived its destruction, he immigrated in 1948 to Israel. He studied at the Bezalel Art School in Jerusalem and at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Subsequently he lived and worked in Rome, Tel Aviv, New York and Lausanne. In an artistic career of over fifty years he has had numerous exhibitions in major museums, galleries and universities throughout
Europe, Israel and the United States. Since 1993 he has resided with his wife, Josée, in the Boston area. Bak has been the subject of numerous articles, scholarly works and fifteen books, most notably a monograph entitled Between Worlds (2002). His touching memoir, Painted in
Words (2001), has been translated into several languages. He has also been the subject of two documentary films and was the recipient of the 2002 German Herkomer Cultural Prize.
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2014, Pucker Art Publications, Boston
Page count: 68
Dimensions: 10 x 10”
Color illustrations: 24