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's POEMS & PAINTINGS

The following books are all published by ASYLUM ARTS PRESS and are a chronological survey of Mr Basso's poetry thru' the years.

ACCIDENTAL MONSTERS, poems & texts from 1976

Size: 14 X 21,5 cm and Pages: 180

Published in 1998 and Cover illustration by the author

"along the middle

edge of twilight

almost green the

trees are masses

of ink"


Dedication page in which Eric refers to our first meeting. It was David Stone who introduced me to Eric and we spent an evening talking on art, culture, history and existential philosophy. The debates between the 3 of us on Sartre-De Beauvoir still continues till today. The discussion now also involves Dave Chirot and sometimes Harry Burrus.

THE CATWALK WATCH

Poems 1977-1979

Size: 14 X 21,5 cm and Pages: 236

Published in 1999 and Cover illustration by the author

"you knew once what it meant

to have knowledge of the whisperers"

THE SMOKING MIRROR

Poems 1980-1986

Published in 1999 and Cover illustration by the author

Size: 14 X 21,5 cm and Pages: 140

"what all knew but none could see

that only small stones lived

to make these empty spaces real"

(fragment from the poem PEBBLES, post dedicated to me)

CATAFALQUES

Poems 1987-1989

Published in 1999 and Cover illustration by the author

Size: 14 X 21,5 cm and Pages: 196

"the silence in your memory

that has snuffed out my voice

to close this distance

if I were to live again"

GHOST LIGHT

Poems 1990-1994

Published in 1999 and Cover illustration by the author

Size: 14 X 21,5 cm and Pages: 188

This book contains some of my favorite poems I've ever read. I remember that after reading the 2 opening poems I had to stop reading the book and made a painting I sent to Eric and then only continued the journey thru' the poems. (GV)

"you say it's the moon you

see above these trees but

it's only the smudged monocle

that the angel left behind

in this cavern of bones"

Some other paintings by Eric Basso


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