For volume 3 of the celebrated Graphic Canon series, I adapted two poems into the language of comix: D.H. Lawrence’s “The Mowers” (1913) and H.D.’s “Sea Iris” (1916).

Here’s what some folks had to say about my adaptations:

“Bishakh Som wraps the story in an intimate monochrome that captures both the dangers and the pleasures of youthful eroticism. His own background symbolizes the geographic and cultural range of the 21st-century comics world. He’s the son of a UN executive, an Ethiopian-born Bengali who trained as an architect at Harvard and then switched to graphic art. In Brooklyn he helped found Hi-horse, a comics collective. The imaginative tenderness he brings to the Lawrence poem will make anyone want to read the poem at its original length.”

– Robert Fulford, “The Graphic Canon gives power to the comic panel”, Toronto National Post, December 2013.

“You want to witness the work of an artist whose creations are equally beautiful, whose smoothly streaming adaptations are just as powerful, in monochrome as they are in full and delicate color? What Bishakh Som of the Hi-Horse collective has done with D. H. Lawrence’s poem “The Mowers” and Hilda Doolittle’s verses “Sea Iris” will provide that pleasure for several pages.”

– Wayne Alan Brenner, “Is the Third ‘Graphic Canon’ a Decent End to the Ambitious Project?”, Austin Chronicle, April 2013.

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