Seymour Press Collections
The wildwood, where Midsummer takes place, is an entity of its own. Here, CB Sherlock experiences fairies over and over again; Literary nonsense. The wildwood not only houses the fairies. The mechanicals camp. Lovers find shelter as they travel to Athens. Much happens under its boughs ---and the woods become image.
The forest is the set of the play---the trees abound. Dragonflies, June beetles, butterflies and fireflies flit through the pages as the fairies flit through the play.
CB Sherlock’s attention was caught by the dry humor and politically inclined poeticism of Ann Filemyr. Her poem, The Vowels: A Congregation of Preachers invites laugher, contemplation and a wake up call to the power within each unique individual and to be found within our communities. The unusual yet familiar cubular format engages the reader, allowing them to be an active participant in the telling of the story that Filemyr has to offer.
CB Sherlock fell in love with the essay, Horizontal Grandeur by Bill Holm when it was posted on the internet in tribute to this wonderful Minnesota writer after his death. It is the most beautiful description of loving the wide open expanses of the prairie. The paragraphs are separated with the insect she shared the prairie with last summer.
In the Sand, is a book of permanence and change.
Joanne Toft and I collaborated, she writing four poems and I designed, printed and bound this book.
Each poem has the same cadence, the same written theme and the same visual theme, but each also has different water, different outcomes and diffent time refleced. The ink color of the text changes to follow the change and meaning within the poems. The short cover and the wrapper were chosen to expand the idea of vulnerability wand the water imagery.
In response to the 2008 big public arts project, I put the original sumi portraits into a large book with the poems used.
It has 11 pages, hand-dyed linen book cloth and a newly designed binding that weaves the pages together, hard cover, with a box to protect it. With layered Kaji on Niddegen.
The text is letterpress printed also on Kaji and layered with the paintings. The paintings are sumi ink on Kaji paper.