Granary Books, 1995. Item #GB_34
8 x 13 in., 34 pp., handbound wrappers.
Abstract Refuse presents a collection of English-languge words identified as heteronyms: two or more words with the same spelling, different pronunciation, different meaning. The dual, sometimes triple, existence of these words is combined with images to examine a structure for the mechanics of remembering and forgetting. The clear and dense qualities of memory are constructed around the conditions formed by the single and paired heteronyms on every page.
The book is organized to examine six stations of constituent and cultural memory: isolating the subject on a selected field; the mapped relations between remembered structures; the mnemonic systems of cataloging and storage; the static inference of memories in conflict; the ground that remembers the disjointed forms; and the final station, recall. There are four conductors within each station who control the passages between analysis, intimacy, dream, and ancestry.
Designed on a Power Macintosh 7100/66 with Aldus Freehand 4.0 and Adobe Photoshop 2.5, and printed with a Hewlett Packard 1200 C/PS on Rives Heavyweight Buff by Ed Epping. Bound in paper wrappers by Jill Jevne. This is from an edition of 200 copies, signed by the poet. Out-of-print.
Further reading: Elliot, Joe. “BACK TO BASICS: 3 Primers from Granary Books.” The Journal of Artists’ Books, (Spring 1995): 16-19. Viewable online or on this site.
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