As always, the project I am working on has become a lens through which I see my everyday life. Objects, buildings, books I have considered on a daily basis take on a new tone. I haven't had much time to work on my Shift book since November, but I have had shifts on my mind for weeks. Today I dig through some books in my collection in search of some.
A Shift in Structure Live, from the Delay by Ryan Flaherty, designed and printed by Friedrich Kerksieck of Small Fires Press.
In order to accommodate some unusual line lengths and long format poetry, This book can be shaken out into a wall hanging, complete with eyelets.
A Shift in Materials Thirst or Surfeit by Elizabeth Robinson, designed and printed by Emily Tipps of High5 Press.
Another instance of line length problem solving that I particularly like. Tipps has used handmade paper to create a framework for poetry of different length and size.
A Shift in Direction Self Dual, by Ellen Knudson of Crooked Letter Press
A book about a series of round trip journeys.
A Shifting Image By-and-by by Amy Bloom, imagery by M. Jordan Tierney, Designed and Printed by Robin Price, Publisher.
A Shift in the Light Landscape by Julie Johnstone of Essence Press
A Shift in Context Book of Proofs, Sarah Bryant
I sometimes gather proofs from old projects together and bind them up, paying scant attention to what lands next to what. It gets me thinking about relationships between images, new combinations of text and theme and thought. It also serves me up an (albeit random) vision of how my books work together and what the broad strokes are.
Heading back to the new book next week. We shall see if the interval has brought anything new into focus. It is the text I need to work on now. Always the hardest for me.