2015 · Bahia, Brazil/New York
They are often titled from the headlines. Many many years ago I asked Barbara to allow me a binding gathering the volumes 1, 2 and 3. Time being a theme on all I try my hand at, this sat unfinished for about 7 years. After an involved first attempt with low-relief carvings of scaffolding layers on wood covers that were deep enough for the gauging but too thick for the binding, its potential baffled the binder: thanks to Barbara's kaleidoscopic talent with words, the number of design venues to explore was vast. Not to mention the weight of my own deflation. Little did I realize how ambitious that first attempt had been. It might photograph well, but oh it functions poorly. Under deadline-pressure I even went ahead and submitted it out to be handled. Oh the shame.
Trusting the process kernel originally glimpsed, however, I embraced as propelling force a writing technique known as "hasta pronto adelante": forward forging ahead from wherever the work is at - a mindset that shares an essence with the poetic constraints of the work. Binding-wise I was in for a trial-and-error loop, but at least this time I kind of knew it. Such kindness to myself totally shared a vibe with Barbara's forbearance: she never once asked me what was going on.
Forever forward moving, the initial scaffolding dimensional backdrop made its way to the foreground with the recourse of graffiti rubbings: reminiscences of the tactile response one gets from handling inky newspapers, the original substratum for the poems.
The back covers offer a contrast with this rough reality through the sensuality of leatherwork - alum goat hand-dyed to match Barbara's color motif - bringing the harsh graffiti input to an immediate association with skins: layered experience, in tandem with the poems essence." [artist statement]. Tight, bright, and unmarred. Quarterbound, tan leather spine, in blind lettering at spine, printed paper boards, colored paper endpages; matching slipcase. Small 8vo. np. Illus. (color and b/w plates). Numbered, limited edition, this being 3 of 3. Signed by artist and poet. (Inventory #: 9989)