Pancake Press: Patrick Smith
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Patrick Smith

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Patrick Smith

Susannah & The Elders : front cover Susannah & The Elders : back cover
Susannah & the Elders, 1992 (ISBN 0-942908-11-2)



This book-length retelling of a story from the Old Testament joins a long tradition of artistic and poetic works on the theme — a woman is accosted by two judges who demand that she accept their advances or be subjected to an accusation of adultery. It was a favorite topic of Renaissance painters like Artemisia Gentelleschi, whose painting is on the back cover. Thomas Hart Benton's contemporary painting illustrates the cover. The poem is written in long-line triplets with vigorous experimental syntax.

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