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Michele Burgess

Ruth Stone, Michele Burgess
Art Library Rare Books Collection PS 3537 .T6817 T67 2012 box 5.2

Edition of 40 signed and numbered copies. This is a book about the archives of memory—of love, grief, and the ordinary moments of life folded into primordial observations of the natural world. Both poet and artist see art making as an act of positioning oneself in the context of nature’s space, waiting quietly to be overtaken. The book is bound in vellum and enclosed within a folded watercolor painting. There are sixteen poems printed on individual folios of delicate handmade paper and, when each one is opened, a small color etching is found tucked inside. Each box contains one of the plates from which the edition was pulled. This is volume five of Burgess’s series, “The Stratigraphic Archives.”