A letterpress chapbook by Barbara Henry, Rosaire Appel and Amanda Deutch
printed and published by Harsimus Press, Jersey City, NJ
Preface: Every morning we wake up and read The New York Times. Shifting through pages where stories are split to fit the layout, we experience more than just an information exchange. Words and images naturally reconfigure, contexts change, the news is malleable rather than static. Our pages here are the result of chance meetings between our imaginations and the printed news.
These postcard sheets invite the game of picking favorites,
but beyond this is the concept of postcards as small gestures of communication
– acknowledgment of heres and theres…Instead of pictures of actual places, these are invented visual scapes,
extracts and abstractions, reality replacements….The images are like romantic flings, brief affairs that
accumulate without responsibility. The demands aren’t rigorous but
opportunistic making it possible to say certain and uncertain things briefly, and
move on. I send you my postcards, I slip you my postcards…
Considering the split between words and images, reading and
looking, thinking and experiencing - does anything remain level for long?
This book is a visual meditation on split levels by way of
pomes. A pome is a dyslectic version of poem – or is it a typographically
erroneous home? Either way, the pages consist of drawings and words, lines and
letters, a few abstract comics and asemic diagrams. Daily news, unavoidable,
slips in behind the scenes.