Quilting the Book

*+-Like books, quilts are symbolic items with patterns that can tell stories.  Quilts tell domestic narratives and have been recognized as important historical artifacts.  As a result, the Smithsonian’s National Quilt Collection at the National Museum of American History contains hundreds of quilts.  However, it might be surprising to hear that the Smithsonian Libraries also hold quilts – or rather, quilt-like books. 

Reading Reading Red

*+-“Where the fold should be / There is no fold” reads the entire tenth poem of Reading Red.  Reading this poem is a jarring experience: the book has many folds, extra folds.  Is the “fold” of the poem related to the physical construction of the book in which it is printed, or is it a statement about something outside the book?  As this poem makes clear, the work is concerned with the physical form of its presentation.

Concealed in the Rising Smoke

*+-Something is wrong with the corner of the page.  Maybe not wrong, but strange, I think to myself.  Examining Mark Wagner’s Smoke in My Dreams more closely, I realize that the bottom corner of the page opens up.

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