Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Framed chapbook

ISBN 978-0-9784917-8-9
Chapbook edition of 60
$20 CDN

A detail from the cover.
The keyhole reveals the collage end sheets.

Framed explores the life of Elizabeth Siddal, who was married to the Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti. From the working class, Siddal’s association with influential artists and their upper-class patrons was dramatic and life altering. As a model, then pupil, she quickly developed artistic ambitions. Although she became a painter and poet in her own right, she is best known as a Victorian muse and the inspiration for her husband’s paintings. Although some supported her artistic development, including her husband and the art critic John Ruskin, they did so while upholding the doctrine that a woman’s primary duty was to her family. In Framed, Kresan regards class and gender as rigid structures that confined Siddal and the primary lens through which she was viewed.

Framed can be purchased from the Palimpsest website here.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Framed chapbook: work in progress

My chapbook, Framed, based off of my full-length poetry collection Beata Beatrix will soon be ready for purchase. It is a year late but still... here is the colophon.

Chapbook edition is limited to 60 copies, signed and numbered by the author. The binding has been hand sewn with linen thread. Laser printed on Neenah columns text paper in classic natural white. Collage end papers created with text and images from Russell Ash’s Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Harry N. Abrams Inc, 1995). The cover has been laser printed on handmade St. Armand Ontario flax canal papers. Published by Palimpsest Press in 2009.

Here is a picture of some of my collage pages.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Article: Moving Words

Fiona Lam wrote an interesting article about the history of the poetry in transit program. Kate Braid's poem "The Beauty of Men" is included in this year's list of chosen poems.

Read the entire article here.

Kate Braid standing under her poem on a city bus. It even has a picture of the cover of her book!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Poetry in Transit

Kate Braid's poem The Beauty of Men, from Turning Left to the Ladies, has been selected to be involved in British Columbia's poetry in transit program. Congratulations Kate! She will be reading at the poetry tent during the Word on the Street Festival, September 26th at 2:00pm. Here is the poem:

It is not violence but muscle –the force to do –
curled and bent and burning

They deny it. Hide it. Rip it out
with hammers and knives and guns, even crosses
if they have to.

These are the signs of the beauty of men:
set jaw, the shimmer of muscle
eager to lift beyond any limit, lost

in the wild pleasure of motion. They will move the world
with their own two hands, force it if they have to, doing
what mere thought didn’t know had to be done.

— Kate Braid

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Gordon Press (part 2)

Disassembled, sandblasted and primed. Hope I can get it back together. Thank goodness I'll have help. The man I got it from generously offered his assistance.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

An Open Door Book Launch

Come out to Collected Works on September 23rd to hear Elisabeth Harvor read from her new poetry collection, An Open Door in the Landscape, and to sign books. Starts at 7:30.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Gordon Press

A year ago or so I bought a gordon press from a man in Michigan for $50. Quite the deal if I can get it to work. The rollers need to be recast, there is a large crack to be brazed, and the entire thing is completely rusted. It will have to be sandblasted and then primed before the cast iron starts to rust all over again. Iron oxidizes quicker than many metals. Then it will have to be repaired and painted. I have a lot of work ahead of me. And moving something that weighs over 300 pounds isn't exactly easy. It can be disassembled but putting a thing like this back together becomes a bit of a puzzle. I can see it now... "and where does the pin thingy go?"