“Let the heart / sit motionless as a stone, flat as that / theory about the flatness / of the Earth.”
“Like the road / and the crows / I too am addicted / to seeing more”
“tell me of the hundred eyes / howling at the small moon / of your heel. each hurricane / you set in a man’s chest.”
In If These Covers Could Talk, poets interview the visual artists whose works grace their book covers. The result is an engaging discussion of process, vision, and projects. This series is a celebration of collaboration—here, we champion the fruitful conversations taking place both on and behind the cover.
This month, poet Benjamin Gucciardi talked to artist and painter Dom Villeda about the cover of West Portal, winner of the 2020 Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry (University of Utah Press, 2021).
We are so grateful to all of our partner-poets for sharing their work with us—please enjoy their beautiful words in our Featured Poetry catalogue.