by John Ashbery, Trevor Winkfield
"Though it may have ended up looking like a child's coloring book (albeit one that's already been colored using Technicolor crayons), my original intention was to produce an updated illuminated manuscript, much like the Codex Amiatinus painted by Northumberland monks in the seventh century, not far from where I grew up in the North of England. So much for intentions ... though John Ashbery's poem has long struck me as liturgical. Is that bowler-hatted bird actually Thomas Traherne? And can that pretty butterfly really be the soul escaping from the body? I've tried to leave my images open to as many interpretations as every single one of Ashbery's words." - Trevor Winkfield
Faster Than Birds Can Fly was published by Granary Books in New York City in the summer of 2009. The book was designed by Trevor Winkfield with typography by Philip Gallo at the Hermetic Press. The book was printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 gsm 100% cotton rag paper using pigment based inks on the Epson 11880 at Silicon Gallery Fine Art Prints in Philadelphia. The binding is by Judith Ivry. The edition comprises 40 copies all numbered and signed by poet and artist. 28 copies are for sale.