My Partial Tongue, by poet Martha Ronk, uses words and phrases from an essay on gardens and plants by Sir Thomas Brown, a 17th century essayist who wrote about the order in nature. The poems have a great deal of space in them, space suggestive of what is missing and of silence, and reflect a feeling of distance from the natural world that seems to be disappearing.
Digitally manipulated photographs of plants and feathers were letterpress printed from tightly registered photopolymer plates contrast the traditionally handset Bodoni text on Rives BFK. The design, photography, hand typesetting, printing, paste papers and binding were all done by Rebecca Chamlee at Pie In The Sky Press in the summer and fall of 2011.
This edition is a separate board binding with a goat leather spine and boards covered in paste paper with Bugra endsheets and rolled leather endbands.
Rebecca Chamlee has published contemporary literature in innovatively designed, letterpress printed, hand-bound limited-edition fine press and artist’s books under the imprint of Pie In The Sky Press since 1985. She is an associate professor of book arts at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.