THE ART OF BOOKS & SMALL PRINT PUBLICATIONS

This is a blog on artist books, artist notebooks, magazines, poetry editions and other small print publications. Like FRIOUR is the Icelandic word for peace, BOKLIST are the Icelandic words for book (bok) and art (list). This is also a group blog in which those who are invited can upload their own books and/or comments.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

ERIC BASSO Obscure Publications Chapbooks

Eric mailed me a collection of chapbooks published by Obscure in Wisconsin. The collection arrived on September 21, 2005 or what a way to start the Fall!

To introduce Mr Basso I can only say he's the perfect antidote for those Europeans who think of Americans as stupid or silly; brainwashed in this crazy perception as they are by their own media and governments.

EB is certainly one of the most stimulating creators I had the privilige to encounter during my travels on this planet. He's a real renaissance man: poet, writer of theatre plays, short fiction, novels, painter and writer of musical scores. Do I forget something? His knowledge is amazing and I can only thank David Stone for the introduction to EB in 1997.

REVAGATIONS is a selected collection of dreams written between 1966 and 1975: published by Obscure in 2003.
Size: 14,5 X 21,5 cm and Pages: 62

All are signed and numbered editions of 60 with some cover illustrations by the author.


ACTINIC LIGHT is a collection of poems
written in 1987
published in 2002

Size: 14,5 X 21,5 cm

Pages: 48


"the fossils of our ancestors

their eyes have fused with the stone
yet he begs us to believe
they are ripe for resurrection"






ANONYM are editions of chapters of a book EB wrote over a longer period of time.
Chapter one is of 1975.
Cover illustration by the author in 1977.
Obscure Publication in 2004.

Size: 14,5 X 21,5 cm

Pages: 28













Chapter 2 written in 1975
Published by Obscure in 2004

Size: 14,5 X 21,5 cm

Pages: 34

















Chapter 3 written in 1975-1976
Published by Obscure in 2004


Size: 14,5 X 21,5 cm

Pages: 40





















Chapter 7 written in 1978
Published by Obscure in 2002

Size: 14,5 X 21,5 cm

Pages: 70














Chapter 8 written in 1979-1980
Published by Obscure in 2005

Size: 14,5 X 21,5 cm

Pages: 72

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