This is a remarkable biographical poem on the life of the dynamic and controversial American painter. The narrative chronicles the reckless, adventurous and often desperate life of this 20th century genius, from his beginnings in the American northwest, through his pioneering of a revolutionary new painting technique that came to known as Abstract Expressionism, to his death at the wheel of a car on long island at the age of 44. Written entirely in iambic trimeter, Gray's biographical poem bursts with an energy and spontaneity that reflects Pollock's painting.
Martin Gray is the author of the internationally acclaimed Blues for Bird, an epic biographical poem on the life of jazz great Charlie Parker. Gray is also recognized as one of the world's foremost scholars of Alfred Lord Tennyson's poetry and is the editor of the Penguin Classic annotated edition of Tennyson's Idylls of the King. Gray has published poems on Charlie Parker, Gilles Villeneuve, Amedeo Modigliani, Osip Mandelstam, and Caesar Vallejo, and has taught at several major universities across Canada. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.