Introduction by the editor.
Joe Rosenblatt is one of Canada's finest poets, winner of Canada's national
literary prize, the Governor General's Award. But he is also a highly
respected visual artist whose idiosyncratic and intricate drawings are
as engaging to the eye as his poetry is to the ear.
So, naturally, we are very proud to present as Nebula Netzine's
14th issue a substantial sampling of both his poetry and his drawings,
from The Voluptuous Gardener, a handsome collection of his art and
writing brought out by Beach Holme Publishing. It is a great pleasure
and honour to make some of the work in this fine 'hardcopy' volume available
to a wider audience through the miracle of Internet publishing.
As a reviewer of one of his exhibitions remarked: "Joe Rosenblatt
may not be a mainstream artist, but his art is in the mainstream in all
the important ways. It is above all about life, lust and love and
is stamped with the most human quality of all--the ability to provoke laughter…
Rosenblatt pokes fun at society, at the vanities we indulge in and draws
a world that is a web of human-animal connections." I'm sure
the Internet visitor to this Nebula feature will agree that these
are works that do, for all their light-heartedness and quirkiness, delve
into the depths of the main current of human existence.