"It will not, such writing, be to everyone's taste. Certainly it is not invariably to mine--we all have our moods and moments when we don't want to read about the art we love, or even the art we dislike, from such a relentlessly barricaded perspectives. But as I read these essays over and over...I am inveterately raised to a plane of comprehension, of identification even, to which no other writing on art since Proust has granted access. I might summarize the endeavor made by both poet and his readers as a perversion of the Shakespearean question: Death and Absence, who is here?"Bonnefoy, Yves is the author of 'Lure and the Truth of Painting Selected Essays on Art' with ISBN 9780226064444 and ISBN 0226064441.