Sunday, October 5, 2014

E. M. M.'s  A Little White Shadow (Brown & Gross, 1889) 
&
Mary Ruefle's A Little White Shadow (Wave, 2006)

"A Little White Shadow, it turns out, is a book replicating—and containing—another book.... E.M.M. is Emily Malbone Morgan, a writer and philanthropist who wrote and self-published the novella A Little White Shadow, a Christian-themed inspirational tale of a young heiress summering in Italy, to raise money 'for the Benefit of a Summer Home / for Working Girls.'"

      —read the rest of my essay '"Destroying' the Text to Create the Poem" over at Post45. More images of Ruefle's work are here and here. Also, check out Mary Hickman's essay "Defaced/Refaced Books: the Erasure Practices of Mary Ruefle and Jen Bervin" over at Jacket2, here


Friday, June 13, 2014















Janet Malcolm's collage "Abyss (from the Emily Dickinson Series)", 2013, with text from Marta Werner's Emily Dickinson's Open Folios: Scenes of Reading, Surfaces of Writing (University of Michigan Press, 1996).

"During the winter, spring and summer of 2013 I made collages that yoked Marta's transcriptions of the Dickinson fragments with images with images I cut out of store-bought books on astronomy," Malcolm explains in Granta, here; see more images on Slate, here.

Also, Radical Scatters: Emily Dickinson's Fragments and Related Texts, 1870-1886 (University of Michigan Press, 2000), viewable at the Dickinson Electronic Archives. Of particular interest: the images in "Mutilations: what was erased, inked over, and cut away," here.

Sunday, June 8, 2014


From my own recent folded-poem project: 


"For the desperate song, the need in the night"

 

one star = one line of the poem

Monday, November 25, 2013


One of  Francesca Capone's Poem Weavings (undated). See more images here and here and here. Some discussion with Capone here.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Alastair Noble's Blake Illuminated (2002), here. Noble explains how "slots in metal pages replace the words" of William Blake's poem, "Earth's Answer" from Songs of Experience (1794). See more of Noble's wonderful sculptures here (definitely check out Zang Tumb Tumb!), read some discussion of his sculptural work here.
Blake's own illumination of "Earth's Answer"


Wednesday, August 21, 2013


John Eric Broaddus's High Time (1986). "I had no qualms about eliminating the entire text," Broaddus explains here. View more of his work here, here, and here; watch Johanna Drucker discussing his work here, a list of exhibitions here.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Susan Porteous's The Essential Gandhi (Green Bird Press 2012). "By finding books written about Gandhi and systematically spinning each page to make a continuous paper thread, the record of his life become intertwined with the spinning process. Each spun book is wound onto an antique spool of the appropriate size and the title of each work is appropriated from the book used in its creation," she explains here. More on her website, here.

The Essential Gandhi (Vintage Books 1962, 2002)

Monday, June 3, 2013

Donna Ruff's "May 16, 2011," -- "'I like to cut away or remove parts of pages so that there is a kind of conversation between what is printed on the page and what is removed--the positive and negative space are equally important,"' she explains at The Huffington Post,here. More images here; Ruff's blog, here, and her website with more altered paper projects here. "I’m attracted to paper’s fragility and pristine beauty- yet my work involves scarring, incising, burning and puncturing its surface," here.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Ros Rixon's "Violence in the Art," which looks to be from John Fraser's Violence in the Arts (Cambridge UP, 1974). "I am often asked if I think of the idea before I find a book or the other way around? I tend to work both ways," Rixon explains. More altered books and sculptures on her site, here

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Darkness, 2012
We might have missed Yedda Morrison's interactive erasure exhibit, but we can get our very own copy of her full-length book Darkness (Make Now, 2012), an erasure of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness (1899). A group of student responses to her work, other reviews and reactions here and here. My previous post with a link to Morrison's Chapter 1, here.
The 1950 Signet Classics edition of Conrad's Heart of Darkness

Friday, March 22, 2013

A mixed-media miniature from Karen Green's "Tiny Stampede," here. Green explains, "I've been making this "found poetry" for years. I thought I invented it, but found out later I most definitely did not. Some of these are taken from a poetry anthology--I cut out just the first lines and spent an afternoon or two rearranging them. Then I got into a trance and cut those up and rearranged those. Trances are hard to come by these days; I am happy for those hours. And yes, "to give sorrow words", sneakily, using the words of others who tried to do the same," in an interview here (and also here).
Green's forthcoming book including similar visual/poetic work Bough Down (Siglio Press 2013), is an "unusual narrative constructed of crystalline fragments of prose interspersed with miniature collages." Some discussion of Bough Down here. See/read some images and excerpts here, here and here. More with Green here and here, a previous publication, Here/Gone (2008), here.