XXIV Short Love Poems, Bruce Whiteman 2002
This collection of poems by Bruce Whiteman was written on the occasion of the poet’s twenty-fourth wedding anniversary and offered as a gift to his wife. A circle of particular intimacy has been drawn by these poems and their accompanying photographs, a circle inside of which languor lies entwined with both passion and risk.
Printed in four colors from hand set Eve (Koch Antiqua) and Paramount onto hanga-shi, a Japanese paper which is no longer available. The poems are augmented by three cyanotypes, a nineteenth-century photographic process. They are sensitized by hand and printed by the photographer, Carolee Campbell, onto handmade paper from the Velké Losiny mill in the former Czechoslovakia. The accordion-style binding uses a luminous golden paste paper hand painted by Claire Maziarczyk, to cover the boards. Japanese iridescent cloth is on the spine.
There are 135 numbered copies in the edition, signed by the poet & photographer/bookmaker. 5.5 inches by 5.5 inches. 38 pages.