Winter 2010 • Vol. XXXII No. 1 Book ReviewsJanuary 1, 2010 |

Embodying Life in Art

Embodying Life in Art A Half-Life of Cardio-Pulmonary Function: Poems and Paintings by Eric Gansworth. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2008. 135 pp. $19.95, hardcover. Eric Gansworth's self-portrait rides the spine of his second book of poetry and paintings, A Half-Life of Cardio-Pulmonary Function. Occupying the center of a triptych of paintings set side-by-side on the dust jacket and titled Cross-PolliNation: Imagination, Gansworth's face---expressionless, goateed, and with his signature John Lennon spectacles---stares straight ahead at us and occupies the frame, his chin and forehead sliced off by the border. Half his image is on the front cover, half on the back. The lenses of the poet's glasses are comprised of opposite sides of an Indian Head nickel, the buffalo side (the "bullshit side," his character Fiction Tunny tells us in his novel Smoke Dancing) looking at us on the front, the Indian head of the coin (the side of "tradition") staring out the back. Halves of

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