Norman Lock about The Couple (Text and Time 112)

Norman Lock

Norman Lock

There is much to relish and admire in The Couple, a mysteriously simple (and by that, I mean you arrive, again, at a simplicity of form that has resolved an intricacy of motifs) homage to Man and Woman in physical and emotional harmony (or a Man/Woman = Human Being), which represents the personality in harmonious resolution. The woman, or womanly aspect of being, is gravid and bears, in its pictorial “DNA” the perpetuation of the form — i.e., our being and nature. It is a rich and altogether satisfying figuration, my friend — an image sacred to our kind and ecclesiastical in its evocation. (It is also pleasing to look at!)

The Couple (Text and Time 112, oil on canvas, 70x90 cm, 2015)

The Couple (Text and Time 112, oil on canvas, 70×90 cm, 2015)

About Norman Lock:

Norman Lock has written stage and radio plays, as well as short fiction, poetry, and novels. His most recent productions include a lengthy run of The House of Correction in Istanbul and Ankara and performances in Warsaw and Athens, a staged reading of The Book of Stains in Essen, Germany, and a broadcast by WDR Germany of Mounting Panic. Mounting Panic is presently being translated into Russian. Recent novels include American Meteor and The Boy in His Winter. He is also a regular contributor of scenarios for video-art installations to Visual ArtBeat Magazine, Austria ( He has won The Paris Review Aga Khan Prize for Fiction and the Dactyl Foundation for the Arts & Humanities Literary Fiction Award, and writing fellowships from the New Jersey Council on the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Norman lives outside New York City, in Aberdeen, New Jersey, with his wife, Helen. To find out more on the “American” novels, visit

A Partial Bibliography

The House of Correction, Broadway Play Publishing, 1988
A History of the Imagination, Fiction Collective Two, 2004
Land of the Snow Men, Calamari Press, 2005
The Long Rowing Unto Morning, Ravenna Press, 2006
The King of Sweden, Ravenna Press, 2009
Three Plays, Noemi Press, 2011
Grim Tales, Mud Luscious Press, 2011
Pieces for Small Orchestra & Other Fictions, Spuyten Duyvil, 2011
Love Among the Particles, Bellevue Literary Press, 2013
In the Time of Rat, Ravenna Press, 2013
The Boy in His Winter, Bellevue Literary Press, 2014
American Meteor, Bellevue Literary Press, 2015

Norman Lock& Constantin Severin, featured by Bellevue Literary Press, New York:

About Constantin Severin

Constantin Severin ( is a Romanian writer and, as a visual artist, the founder and promoter of the award-winning concept known as archetypal expressionism. He is the author of eight books of poetry, essays, and novels, and his poems have been published by major Romanian and international literary magazines. He is one of the editors of the French cultural magazine Levure littéraire.
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