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Speaking of Marvels interviews Arlene Keizer, author of Fraternal Light: On Painting While Black

May 10th, 2023

Cover for "Fraternal Light: On Painting While Black."Arlene Keizer speaks to Megan Nichols of Speaking of Marvels about her upcoming book, Fraternal Light, Winner of the 2022 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize.

Fraternal Light: On Painting While Black is a lyric response to the life and art of the African American painter Beauford Delaney. The phrase “fraternal light” is an almost Surrealist image that came to me as I was writing ‘A Country Meter,’ a poem imagining Delaney’s sense of relative freedom after emigrating to France in 1953. “—Arlene Keizer.

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