I primarily devoted myself to poetry and criticism during the past half-century, and am best known as a poet as well as an independent press publisher, editor, and literary historian. At the age of 70, however, I began to concentrate with the same kind of intensity on painting. In doing so, I proffered a variation on the title of a well-known poem by Frank O’Hara. It should be emphasized that I have not abandoned poetry, but only expanded its amplitude. The patterns that I currently seek to compress share an emotional and intellectual source with my poetry, and I hope to assemble a sequence of paintings that will give succor to whatever words might survive from all my visionary efforts and effects.
“The rational mind constantly wants to be in charge. The other parts want to fly. My painting is the encounter between the mind’s necessity for control and its yearning to fly, to be free from our ever-confining skull.” – Ed Moses