The Poetry Cure (Remix)

The Poetry Cure (Celebration), 2011. Altered book.

This piece is a hand-held folly. I’d already butchered pages from this book for an earlier piece (The Poetry Cure, 2008) and had just the excellent cover and most of the text remaining. I am still exploring ways of altering books in such a way as to maintain the cover and shape of the original book object. I like the idea of pieces that fit compactly on a shelf and are admired only “on command.”

Celebration (2011) is constructed like a party ball: the circular shape is cut from the pages and then glued together alternating the dabs of glue so that the pages pull apart when opened: a disco ball for a poet.

I am a librarian and artist living in Eugene, Oregon -- where it is often damp and always green.