Steps to Answer. Sarah Plimpton.

Steps to Answer.

New York City: The Grenfell Press, 2000. One of 20 copies only, signed and numbered by the artist / author. Written, designed, and illustrated with original woodcuts by artist Sarah Plimpton. Page size: 11 x 7 1/2"; 24 pp. Bound: loose folios of Kochi paper gathered in a handmade pulp paper wrapper of pale sea green; custom made clamshell in green cloth by Claudia Cohen. Poem printed at The Grenfell Press in Centaur; title letterpressed on cover of wrapper, and on paper label on box spine. This is a work of simple elegance, almost Japanese in its restraint, and yet exuding a quiet warmth. The woodcut illustrations in pale green and brown work with ample negative space; these white spaces levitate Plimpton's gentle poem. The simple geometric shapes themselves recollect abstract expressionism, without ever feeling stark. The text reads: "You put your eye on top/ and left it there/ running on/ the black struck walls/ the night to run/ inbetween/ taking a breath to stop/ blind steps to answer/ walking back." Item #8943

Price: $850.00

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