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Navigation: a very small edition

November 25, 2018


Two visitors to our recent exhibition wanted copies of my one-off book “Navigation”. I delivered them yesterday. Here they are. I redesigned the cover and added an extra poem. Closed, the book measures 10.5cm square. Each page opens to 20cm square.

2 books

The sewing is a two-needle Coptic. The poems are printed on Denim, a very pale blue recycled paper made from old jeans. Each page is folded into a Turkish map-fold and pasted between the sewn pages of darker blue Lana paper, so that it opens up like a rather complicated flower. The covers are lined with sections of an out-of-date hydrographic chart.

Here’s one of the poems. An earlier version was published in “Obsessed with Pipework” in 2016.

       It’s not far

but you have to choose your moment
for crossing to Steep Holm

the ferry sidles crabwise
across the pull of the tide

and just when you wonder why
you’ve overshot the island

the skipper cuts the motor
the water takes the boat

and swings you straight and safe
to the one landing-place

3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 25, 2018 11:25 pm

    Stunning work

  2. November 26, 2018 8:23 am

    Thank you John. That means a lot to me!

  3. Jane Paterson permalink
    November 26, 2018 8:24 am

    Really beautiful, Ama. I hope it is very expensive! Love, Jane

    Sent from my iPad


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