TKS, 2020. Item #2583
In Revolutionary Letters, Diane di Prima commands us: "rewrite the calendar."
In 2020, confined to our La-Z Boys in a collage of disease (economic disaster--racial injustice--claustrophobic deterioration--lack of oxygen), the need to REWRITE became a poetic and political imperative for poet Conley Lowrance and artist Sarah Monks.
Artificial Respiration combines the domestic convention of the wall calendar and the Surrealist tradition of collage poetics into a collaborative artists' book that includes twelve months plus calendrical coda.
Poet and artist craft scenes of piled-up bills, warm beers, scruffed rats, lounging elites, lines of schoolkids, smiling grandmothers with oxygen tanks, antique war imagery, and body bags supervised by police.
This was printed in an edition of 77 copies, saddle-stitched in colored staples and signed by the poet and artist. In a lavender glassine envelope, with rubber-stamped cover and calendar insert designed by M. C. Kinniburgh. Calendar inserts are printed with color ink on white or pink paper.
Use the book as a calendar for 2021 to reflect on where we've come in 2020 and the work yet to be done. May you make it to your New Moons.
This is from a special edition (within the 77) of 13 copies that have threaded hole closure on the book, for hanging as a calendar.
Some poems from the book were originally featured in the literary magazine, Blazing Stadium.