After Cézanne is a sequence of fifty-six poems exploring the life and work of the post-impressionist painter Paul Cézanne. Reimagining his friendships with Zola and Pissarro, his impact on Matisse and Picasso, as well as his posthumous reputation, Maitreyabandhu celebrates Cézanne’s apples and card players in poems at once tender, urgent and amused. The book includes twenty-five colour reproductions, a preface by Christopher Lloyd (Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures, 1988-2005) and extensive textual notes. After Cézanne is Maitreyabandhu’s third collection.
‘A resoundingly authentic collection with no lapses in concentration. Maitreyabandhu’s understanding of Cézanne and his motivation are endlessly persuasive without ever crossing into presumption. A rich and intense book, unashamed of its erudition and its powerfully keen sight.’ – Sasha Dugdale
‘All the aspects of Cézanne’s ordeal are fused together in Maitreyabandhu’s remarkable poems in which the varied forms of composition and wide range of reference provide a refreshingly unique insight into Cézanne’s art. What is achieved here is an incomparable poetic expression of the artist’s personal idiosyncrasies and manifold achievements.’ – Christopher Lloyd (Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures 1988-2005)
‘These remarkable poems remind us of the close kinship between painting and poetry. Maitreyabandhu shares insights into Cézanne that can, perhaps, only be grasped through poetry. The poems speak eloquently of Cézanne’s art and of the experience of trying to comprehend a great artist.’ – Barnaby Wright, Deputy Head of the Courtauld Gallery, London
‘Maitreyabandhu’s work beautifully, and seriously, contains the possibilities of what other traditions might call insight’ – Fiona Sampson, Poetry Review.
Maitreyabandhu launches Yarn in Manchester
Maitreyabandhu shares some of the poems from his second collection Yarn at Triratna Night at the Manchester Buddhist Centre on 12 October 2015.
Maitreyabandhu launches Yarn at Poetry East
Maitreyabandhu reads from and discusses his second collection Yarn at a special Poetry East event at the London Buddhist Centre.
Maitreyabandhu reads from The Crumb Road
Maitreyabandhu reads from his debut collection The Crumb Road at Sheffield Buddhist Centre.
Maitreyabandhu: Poetry and the Spiritual Life
Maitreyabandhu discusses Poetry and the Spiritual Life with Martin Collins at the Sheffield Buddhist Centre. Part of the Off the Shelf Festival 2013.
Wiith 25 full colour illustrations