Granary Books, 2000. Item #GB_84
10 x 12 in., 54 pp., cloth over boards, mylar jacket.
“Something about the descriptive and imagistic nature of Away made me think of the artist/poet books designed by Leger, Matisse, Kandinsky and others...Steve [Clay] and I discussed some of the artists with whom I’d previously collaborated. We agreed to approach Robert Kushner as a collaborator. Though Bob and I had collaborated a lot during the 1970s and early 1980s, we hadn’t in a while, and I thought it would be great to work together again. Bob read Away a lot. Fairly early on, he decided that it didn’t make sense to illustrate the text. He kept telling me that he liked how ‘slippery’ the writing was. I think what he meant was that individual pieces have the feeling of narrative—a center or location with points of interest—but the specifics shift around and fly off in many different directions. Illustration, even if possible, would tend to lock down meanings that were better left transient. What Bob has done is create a number of images which correspond to some of Away’s recurring imagery. Stars, water, foliage, etc. are printed around and beneath the text in varying combinations and in different colors. With the writing, the printed images create a coherent and shifting visual milieu.”
Printed letterpress by Ruth Lingen at Pooté Press. Bound in cloth over boards by Judith Ivry. This is from an edition of 52 copies, of which 17 are hors commerce and 35 are for sale; each signed by the poet and artist. Out-of-print.
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