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1. TWO PATHS by Noelle Barce and Coleman Stevenson

In this collaborative series, Two Paths, the artists respond in their unique ways to segments of a poem, creating a sequenced visual expression of the text, with corresponding pieces appearing side-by-side. One path is a dynamic presentation of moments of allowed chaos, the other an attempt to corral and control. Noelle Suzanne Barce presents wild gestures of ink and paint, embracing elements of chance and fragments of identity in her exploration of the epochal void. In this space, movement is free, and social, cultural, and political distinctions are fragmented. The work is a snapshot of a moment, of a point between nothingness and form, between emptiness and content. It describes a state of pure potential, and an acceptance of chaos that ultimately becomes ordered through repetition and the application of traditional craft practices. Coleman Stevenson’s illustrations take the ultimate form of order -- language -- and render it indecipherable. In these ink on paper pieces, she experiments with the shape of text, allowing the layered words to become image, a method that both obscures and manifests. Part picture, part poem, part spell, the resulting weavings hide chaos within their meticulousness; unknowable content is created in these chance encounters of language upon language. The chiasmus formed in these artists’ paired pictures -- apparent chaos revealing order/precision yielding to ambiguity -- reveals linked concerns despite their contradictory processes and techniques.

Details:
Hand-stitched with vellum cover
Comes in thick kraft envelope with button-string closure
Pages: 46
Height: 5.5 inches
Width: 4 inches



2. BREAKFAST: 43 POEMS by Coleman Stevenson

Breakfast: 43 Poems is the second collection of poems by poet Coleman Stevenson, published in 2015 by Reprobate/GobQ Books. Coleman Stevenson is also the author of The Accidental Rarefication of Pattern #5609 (bedouin books, 2012). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in a variety of publications such as The Portable Boog Reader, Paper Darts, Seattle Review, E-ratio, Osiris, Louisiana Literature, Mid-American Review, and the anthology Motionless from the Iron Bridge.

Details:
ISBN:9781943844654
Binding: Trade Paperback
Pages:68
Height:7 inches
Width:5 inches
Thickness:.25 inches

Coleman Stevenson’s poems defy their own longing by making a want’s darkest recesses glow in the dark. Working against obsolescence, she writes into what time nurtures and burns in the turning of seasons and lovers’ minds. When she writes “I’m a mix of wanting to buy/ all the plants at the Garden Center/ and not caring if anything grows again” she invites us to tear at the measures of expectations in which we project ourselves. Breakfast sets itself in the heart’s sonics and these poems stimulate language, turning it fresh as a new love feels — at once familiar, flaming, and true.
— Brian Foley, author, The Constitution, Going Attractions, TOTEM; ed., Brave Men Press

Coleman Stevenson’s Breakfast will jolt you awake, buzzing and crackling with a febrile, plain-spoken intensity. “Things writhe alive inside the tangle,” she tells us, and many things are to be found here, writhing: naps, lightning and toothbrushes. The unifying thread is her searching, insistent voice, scouring the world for correspondences that signal a truth.
— John Beer, author, Lucinda, & The Waste Land and Other Poems



3. SEA by Anna Moore

A beautiful handmade book containing poetic essays reflecting on experiences of the ocean, crafted as part of a multimedia (fabric, text, and sound) installation in 2018.

From the author of Sea: "During the research stages of this project I read widely and from wildly different sources. What struck me (and was comforting) was how the ocean seemed to represent something equally intriguing across time and borders, as though the tides pull us all in only to push us away again, to return tomorrow. In the efforts of centuries we have yet to capture the mystery of its allure, though I came across many excerpts that resonated with my own under-standing and experience. Like a beachcomber I collected these treasures, held them, reread them."

Details:
Binding: Hand bound, Coptic stitch
Pages: 60
Height:8 inches
Width:5 inches

Read excerpts and listen to the accompanying audio here: https://amarjmoore.com/sea/

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