Sunday, September 24, 2006

So Earnest a Green Point

Palimpsest Press is pleased to announce the release of Aidan Thompson’s So Earnest a Green Point, which creates a theoretical dialogue between early-twentieth century poets and visual artists. Aidan responds to the artwork as well as engaging in ideas common to both writers and visual artists. What is a "true" depiction? Can words or shapes name things in the world? Is a poem or painting a reflection of an experience or an event in and of itself?

Aidan’s poetry contains many geometric images, so I took that element and included it in the design. On the cover is a circular cut out that reveals the title, and inside are two more geometric cutouts that both reveal and conceal the text behind. This structures what the reader is able to see and read. Readers must turn the page to view more of the text, and must open the cover completely to see the entire circle. The reader’s experience of the text, then, is processed through the structure and design of the book. I thought this fitting for a text that concerns itself with the visual.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Exhumation Poems

In these poems the exhumation of Elizabeth Siddal’s body, a true historical event, is seen as the awakening of her creative force. The phrase “truth is stranger than fiction” definitely applies here.



Rebirth


When you died, he declared
to the world his muse was dead.
As the coffin’s lid lowered, he rushed
to place his manuscript beside you,
wedged between cheek and hair.

A dramatic gesture, befitting the first Dante,
whose solitude after Beatrice’s death
lasted an entire year.

At his command, seven years later,
your corpse exhumed —
his poems retrieved.

A bonfire was lit.
Hair filled the coffin, spread through
your fingers. Alive, a vibrant red fire
consumed your body, threatened
to burn the hand reaching in.

He was not present for your rebirth.
Still in his studio, he stroked
your canvased cheek painted
by his own hand. Imagined your skin
smooth like the inside curve of a petal.

For him, you had always been dead.





The Vanishing


Death barely touches you.
Your bright hair, a tail of fire
that weaves myth through scarlet silk.

His manuscript, damp with black
circles of rot, once gently tucked
beside your bloodless face,

is now removed. Each page
disinfected. The stench of alcohol
dissipating as pages flap wet
on a line. Still, his soggy words

cannot be deciphered.
Letters worn through.
Ink smudged, as if
by a wet thumb.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Judging a Book by its Cover

Sometimes a book doesn't stand a chance, and with a cover like this you can see why. Besides the obvious nipples, which seem kind of tactless in this case, the colour and placement of the text with the dull background just looks bad.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Googlism

Go to www.googlism.com and find out what Google thinks of you or your friends. Just type in your name and find out your googlism. It is like a found poem.


Googlism for Dawn:

dawn is right for me?
dawn is effective and
dawn is coming the charm of
dawn is a network of women scholars and activists who are working
dawn is breaking
dawn is back because 'the price is right'
dawn is £7
dawn is always
dawn is upon us
dawn is a friend of the muses
dawn is canceled and why
dawn is bright'ning
dawn is thoughts of a rural woman by rebecca brown
dawn is my favorite new book
dawn is pregnant
dawn is not shy
dawn is nigh
dawn is available for freelance
dawn is colored with first
dawn is helping a small child
dawn is coming
dawn is in the
dawn is so sweet"
dawn is your
dawn is a feeling
dawn is waking
dawn is releasing special broadcast and print ads that focus on the cleanup of aquatic birds that have been affected by oil spills
dawn is an acronym for "disciplining a whole nation"
dawn is a journal devoted to publishing ideas and information that is dangerous
dawn is followed by night western donors amid the chaos of haiti dawn is coming the charm of regional cuisine
dawn is sprinkling in the east
dawn is brightening
dawn is the closest villa to cane bay beach
dawn is an exquisite luxury vacation / holiday home located just steps away from a spectacular sandy beach on the lush north shore
dawn is one of the few women's organizations that has followed
dawn is slowly breaking
dawn is awaking
dawn is stealing
dawn is a non
dawn is filled with dreams so many dreams
dawn is rising
dawn is a feeling" dawn is a feeling a beautiful ceiling the smell of grass just makes you pass into a dream you're here today no
dawn is first in the caste book series for exalted books detailing the castes of the solar exalted
dawn is always posting
dawn is a time of hope and gratitude for another day
dawn is the time
dawn is
dawn is a graduate of southern illinois university at edwardsville
dawn is designed
dawn is a massive undertaking
dawn is a biblical and mission
dawn is nigh' size
dawn is helping small child while another one is coming for a hug
dawn is suffering from the riley factor
dawn is in the library
dawn is so sweet
dawn is a feeling a beautiful ceiling the smell of grass just makes you pass into a dream you're here today no future
dawn is a quarterly journal
dawn is a supremely geeky outcast and the victim of an endless stream of attacks
dawn is breaking now
dawn is a system of magic that was developed in the late 1800's
dawn is able to mold your precious pooch into a work of art
dawn is not a popular girl
dawn is waking melody
dawn is always happy to autograph books
dawn is a feeling lyric
dawn is her petite size compared to other fashion dolls
dawn is breaking a new awakening from a day in which the world cried a day when the assurance of security died through tears of sadness America torn
dawn is Buffy's younger sister or is she?
dawn is at hand
dawn is just back online this week
dawn is normally terminated with 19 conductors per channel
dawn is to the recording
dawn is a little piece of gold that offers wealth and talent to be heard