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


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