Rosalind Brenner, in her fine and brave debut collection, Every Glittering Chimera, takes on the difficulties of loving when the models for such are dysfunctional. These are the poems of a survivor of family life, someone who wishes to ‘return memory to its grave,’ and in so doing presents the struggles of becoming oneself, a cathartic journey forged by honesty and made beautiful by art.
Rosalind Brenner, poet, painter and glass artist, explores the mysterious energies of imagination and memory in her art and in her poems. She expresses her vision through sound, symbol, color, and the wisdom that comes from her deep concern for this planet and other human beings. In her figurative abstract paintings, she often starts with words. They are an invitation into the artwork that emerges as she creates layers of imagery. She is a lover of nature and a fierce supporter of women. Her poetry is lyric and narrative. It is rich with stories and sensory portrayals of her world. She gives clarity to strong feelings about the issues we tackle as we live and grow. The work evolves into strength of statement as well as a field in which to journey.
Rosalind grew up in New York City and lived in Heidelberg, Germany for three years. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and lives with her artist husband in East Hampton, New York, where they run Art House, their much loved Bed and Breakfast. Rosalind is the mother of two sons, grandmother of three grandsons. She loves to travel and draws inspiration from her visits to the Far East and as much of the world as she can get to. Her previous publications include Omega’s Garden, a chapbook; All That’s Left, a book of her poems and paintings; and poems in many journals. Rosalind exhibits her paintings in various gallery shows and has glass installations in private, commercial and ecclesiastical venues.