In Dime-Store Alchemy, poet Charles Simic reflects on the life and work of Joseph Cornell, the maverick surrealist who is one of America's great artists. Simic's spare prose is as enchanting and luminous as the mysterious boxes of found objects for which Cornell is justly renowned.
Remains one of the best introductions to the reluctant surrealist. It is a touchstone for art writing and a virtuosic work of ekphrasis. TLS