the mock up

May 29, 2016 § 1 Comment

you’re putting a lot of time into that he said leaning toward the book such as it is in my hand as I sat down with my colored pencils, the book, an old piece of scrap wood as a spine raw book board as covers screwed together with hinges and a piece of aluminum screwed to the front cover, covers and spine screw studded because even shortened they are still too long (but it’s only a mock up), with five signatures


some of the pages have proofs of an etching I was printing which I was exploring with colored pencil because mock up or not it is of course part of the unfolding, part of the process part of the exploration and expansion of the story which happens in the telling of it; in the time it takes to set it and print it, not to mention the actual untelling of the stories already told, the distributing of the type in preparation for the next telling


each aspect is ground for what comes next and I had promised myself I would indulge what might be mistaken for tomfoolery as integral to the outcome, so when it dawned on me to make and use as part of the page a graphite rubbing of the furniture set up as perfect adjunct to a poem I was printing, I did that too

anyway, yes! is the short answer, I am putting a lot of time into the mock up, might even like it better than the actual, not true in that it is like talking about oranges when one is instead talking about bats, but it is no less important, it is no less

and I’ve discovered in the meantime I have a lot to learn about hinges, and a few more dithering decisions to make before I finalize the structure of the ones which will not be called mock ups


the last 5 poems and other hooha

May 26, 2016 § Leave a comment

got it all done before lunch. though 17th ave was particularly obstreperous, taking lots of winnowing and culling not to mention proofing.

the biggest proofing hurdle is when you replace letters and you don’t check AGAIN because you think you fixed it…but luckily I did so I didn’t need to live with mnlooight



17th ave

May 25, 2016 § Leave a comment

now I can  print the last 5 poems in the third signature tomorrow!

all in a day’s work

May 23, 2016 § Leave a comment



work on my book of poems called PLACE continues:

today I set 4 out of  the 5 remaining poems in the third (out of 5) signature, plan to set the last one on Thursday and then print the lot of them

the dark green on my worksheet shows which have been typeset, the red is printed, the light green is distributed


answering the call

May 17, 2016 § 3 Comments

…having taken the books in, to see if they answer the call, one in a box like it were a damn cake and so glad I’d glued the sucker to withstand the rigors of come what may…

well, that one, in a box like it were a damn cake, an assemblage, titled: Fallout answered the call just fine!


“The Art of the Book”  juried by Betsy Davids
JUNE 17 – JULY 27,  2016

Opening reception June 17, 6-7:30 pm
Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, CA

keeping on keeping on

May 16, 2016 § 1 Comment



it’s not like it’s a new thing, this one foot in front of the other doing what I do with plenty of hoot & holler and momentum and lot’s of skin in the game cause otherwise why bother but having taken the books in, to see if they answer the call, one in a box like it were a damn cake and so glad I’d glued the sucker to withstand the rigors of come what may, I’m tired, skin in the game tired, but it beats entropy and not keeping up the hoot&holler cause otherwise why bother


call for submission

May 13, 2016 § 2 Comments

 number 1 red dot

it’s that time again when we more self consciously than usual are thinking and talking about what a book is, these conversations being elicited by a ‘call for submissions’ to a book art exhibit, which it doesn’t go without saying one does or does not read carefully before deciding to submit work, since really if you don’t know beforehand you likely won’t know after you read the prospectus what might be accepted, or for that matter the number 1 red dot

I had already decided which (b-o-o-k) book I would submit before I read the prospectus, which I did read by which I mean skim, because I think I thought I knew what it would say, or it didn’t matter, or who knows but then one of my colleagues said she hadn’t understood what they were asking for, did I, so I went back and (r-e-a-d) read it again

and I was surprised (read annoyed!) to realize on the one hand I didn’t, and on the other hand maybe I did but I didn’t like what I thought I was understanding
let’s not be too bothered with words, o.k.?
kicking into gear something I’ve never done before: making a piece specifically designed to answer a particular call (I may or may not have understood) ha! we’ll see, as is always the case,

multi media: 9 words; chicken wire, wire, lead, metal wire, 527 glue, jewelry findings, gold thread, faded red plastic car, felt, casters, wood,

vocabulary: book, art, artist book, book art, words


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