About the author: Bob Stanton is an Associate Professor English at Jacksonville University in Florida, where he has been teaching creative writing and other courses I speech, rhetoric, and literature for thirteen years. In 1996 he was recognized for his teaching accomplishments in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Stanton is not only a poet and a professor. In 1999 he published The Devil’s Rood, a novel he wrote with four of his creative students at Jacksonville University. In 1978 he published the only book bibliography every written on Gore Vidal and also a two-volume bibliography on seventeen contemporary British novelists. For more information and to view Bob Stanton’s website homepage, go to www.bobstanton.homepage.com2000 0-7734-1250-6
Having a deep interest in the visual arts, Stanton sees his poetic work in relation to four of the major art movements of the 20th century: Impressionism, Surrealism, Abstract Art, and Expressionism. Thus, he has prepared four major ‘galleries’ for us to view his word paintings. The first gallery shows us impressionistic portraits, self-portraits, landscapes, and vivid images of various scenes of everyday events and activities. The second gallery is filled with strange and sometimes playful ‘brainscapes’ (as opposed to impressionistic landscapes and seascapes). The third gallery contains abstract mood poetry revealing exotic, unexpected symbols and a variety of musical rhythms. The final gallery is made up completely of dramatic monologues, often employed for satiric purposes.