Velleity's Shade, poetry by Star Black

Artist/Poet Collaboration #6
poetry by Star Black artwork by Bill Knott

$16.00 Paper 978-0-9818591-7-0
2010 • 80 pp. 16 color illus. 6 x 8"

About the Author and Illustrator


Reversing their roles in 2006’s Stigmata Errata Etcetera, Star Black serves as poet, and Bill Knott takes on the role of artist. Bill Knott’s colorful, mischievous, semi-abstract paintings compliment Star Black’s meditations on love and relationships, as well as the divide between what time holds captive and what eludes time. In Velleity’s Shade the temporal collides with the imagined and the passing years become a confluence of queries, shifting views, odd inventories, and light-hearted challenges as if time were a rocking-chair on a flying carpet and turbulence was nothing to fret about.

Star Black is the author of three books of sonnets– Waterworn, Balefire and Ghostwood–a collection of double-sestinas, Double Time, and book of collaged texts, October for Idas. Her poems have been anthologized in The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, The Best American Erotic Poems: From 1880 to The Present, and 110 Stories: New York Writers After September 11. She has taught at The New School, Stony Brook University, has lectured at the Bennington Writers Seminars, and is the co-founder of the KGB Bar Poetry Series in the East Village. She works in New York City as a photographer and visual artist


Bill Knott is the author of 12 collections of poetry, most recently Stigmata Errata Etcetera. He taught for many years at Emerson College and is now living in central Michigan


"This book was published just a sec ago in 2010 and whenever readers encounter it will the right time."

—Sima Rabinowitz, New Letters

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