Bridget Elmer – TheTroubled Lyricist


© 2008, edition of 35, 4 x 7.75 x .125


This handmade chapbook resulted from a one-month experiment. In response to Pablo Neruda’s essay, Toward an Impure Poetry, and a challenge by comic artist Dylan Graham, the artist chose one object each day to contemplate with both images and words. The chapbook includes a selection of the resulting poems and drawings. Throughout this practice, the artist continually returned to the following passage. “It is good at certain hours of the day and night, to look closely at the world of objects at rest… From them flow the contacts of man with the earth, like a text for all troubled lyricists.” (Neruda, xxi)

Handmade cotton and flax paper, Japanese kozo and waxed linen. Photopolymer plates printed from drawings by the artist. Handset type.

Bridget Elmer: ‘Bookmaking, for me, is a public act of communication. My work explores reading as a generative, creative act, and engages the book’s potential as a persistent information technology.’

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Bridget Elmer – TheTroubled Lyricist

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