The Book of Darkness

Michele Burgess writes: “I asked Chard how he felt about the idea of ‘night’ as an archive of thought. He sent me these poems. After reading them I thought about and drew shafts of moonlight and sunlight in the woods of Vermont. Chard had recently and reluctantly cut down 100 trees to protect his house from falling limbs and to create a meadow on his property. This seemed a very dramatic event to me, as a woman from the arid southwest, and I was captured by the duality expressed in it. I used those trees as metaphors for his poems to explore the way darkness orients and reorients itself in nature and in the human imagination. The paintings felt necessary to add physicality to the blackness and to enclose the etchings.” This is volume seven of Burgess's series, "The Stratigraphic Archives."

Eleven poems by Chard deNiord; eleven etchings and paintings by Michele Burgess. Text hand set in Perpetua and printed letterpress by Nelle Martin on Gampi paper. Etchings printed in two colors on Gampi by the artist. Paintings in gouache on Twinrocker paper. Bound in leather and painted paper by Lisa Van Pelt. Housed in a clamshell box made by Sonja Jones and covered in hand woven cotton from Guatemala. 11 3/4" x 8 3/8". Edition of 30. 2015.

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