I met Justine Rowden, author of Paint Me a Poem: Poems Inspired by Masterpieces of Art (Boyds Mills, 2005) at KidlitCon '09 (we had exchanged email before then, and she had kindly sent me a review copy of her book). In Paint Me a Poem, Justine pairs each of thirteen paintings from the National Gallery of Art's collection with an original poem that offers just one new and unexpected way to look at it.
My favorite of Rowden's poems was inspired by Andre Derain's Flowers in a Vase, a still life I probably wouldn't have stopped to look at if I passed it in the Gallery. Justine imagines two of the flowers (pink roses, also shown in a detail image) jostling one another for space in the vase.
The quality of the reproductions in Paint Me a Poem is excellent. Unfortunately, as Justine informed me, the cover image of Cat and Kittens by an anonymous 19th century American artists was reversed! The interior image is correct, and the book is being reprinted. [Breaking news! Laura at Author Amok reports that Paint Me a Poem has just been reprinted.]
What one detail of Cat and Kittens captures your imagination? Poems welcomed but not required!
[Poetry Friday is at GottaBook today. Thanks, Greg!]