Black Air. Sarah Plimpton.

Black Air.

New York, NY: 2015. Artist's book, one of 10 copies, all on Fabriano Tiepolo paper, each copy hand-numbered and signed by the artist on the colophon. Page size: 11-3/4 x 8-3/4 inches; 20pp. Bound: loose as issued in ink-blue paper wrappers with title blind stamped on black label on front of wrapper, housed in custom-made blue cloth over boards clamshell box by Claudia Cohen with title and author / artist stamped in black on grey paper, box lined with blue paper. Sarah Plimpton's verse is set in Caslon 540 and printed by the author / artist at Manhattan Graphics Center and The Grenfell Press. The book contains aquatints by Sarah Plimpton on every page - these accomplished by Peter Pettengill. Sarah Plimpton's moving lines and powerful, sculptural images enfolding the verse are in remembrance of her friend, the poet and novelist, publisher of The Paris Review from 1982-1992, Deborah Pease (1943-2014). The poems, while not specifically about death, certainly evoke a sense of loss as well as the bleakness of winter weather. Describing the inevitability of the human condition in terms of nature is a reminder to the reader of the natural course of events: "...remember if you can / a hand on the door / is ready to go." The verse conveys such a simple image and, yet, it is so very powerful. Item #10966

Price: $850.00

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