Exquisite History, Volume One: The Land of Wandering

The Printmakers Left, 2005

Distributed by the University of Virginia Press: poems, engravings, paintings and stories illuminating the Creation Story in Genesis: “Before the Flood / A Song of the Evacuated City”

 

from Before the Flood:

The precise need for a beginning was pure agony;
the locusts had been newly evacuated through their shells,
leaving me behind, unable to shed myself.
One dark hood moved up,
One dark hood moved down and we looked at each other in silence
as I tried to imagine this creation before the flood,
a dry and shameful miracle.

 

Exquisite History, Volume Two: The New World

The Printmakers Left, 2009

Distributed by the University of Virginia Press: poems, engravings, paintings and stories illuminating the New World: “From a Book of the Dead”, “Thermal Signatures (7:19 PM)”, “Thermal Signatures (5:03 PM)”, “Thermal Signatures (4:03 PM)”

from From a Book of the Dead:

Held up into that willowy space in daddy’s hands, a green flicker above the water, a rainbow reflected, cool watercress, what smelled like rubbing alcohol.

It’s like both eyes have been sewn open          saying you shall dance & sing
Now that my eyes were bleeding green, little shoulder of color ripped forth from its arc, you are beautiful when alive! & all was surface.