Reliquary

The poems are centered in the American South, where Serpas’s hometown of Galliano, Louisiana, is disappearing into the Gulf of Mexico because of coastal erosion and rising seawaters. Burgess’s etchings are concerned with the disappearance of the languages and patterns of nature as a result of climate change and its many consequences. The etchings are “ghost” printings collaged with torn fragments from the first impression on Gampi paper. This is volume nine of “The Stratigraphic Archives” series.

Seven poems by Martha Serpas; seven etchings with collage and carbon drawings by Michele Burgess on Twinrocker and Gampi papers. Text hand set in Twentieth-Century Medium and printed letterpress by Nelle Martin. Bound by Claudia Cohen in leather and cloth and housed in a clamshell box made by Sonja Jones. 13 1/2" x 16". Edition of 40. 2016. $3,800.

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