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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Thaliad & The Foliate Head

One of many new vignettes for Thaliad by Clive Hicks-Jenkins
Read about it at Phoenicia Publishing of Montreal: forthcoming 11/2012

If you would like to see some images of the book in progress, hop to Clive's blog, where the title page and some other pages are on display. (You may scroll down and see lots and lots of the work for this book, and if you go back far enough, you'll bump into images for The Foliate Head as well) This is the second collaboration I've ever done where I knew every participant in real life (as oppose to e-life.) I spent ten days with Clive in Wales during the celebration for his 60th birthday retrospective at The National Library of Wales, and I met Beth Adams here in Cooperstown last year and hope to see her again soon. It's a very different way of making a book, and I like it.

For The Foliate Head, I knew Clive--again!--and Andrew Wakelin, the designer; I met him at Ty Isaf while staying with Clive. And I should say that Peter Wakelin also had an oar in as well! It's great fun to know every person working on a project, particularly when they are all so talented in their own fields. I have had great good luck of having brilliant people working on The Foliate Head and Thaliad, both out this fall--The Foliate Head (UK: Stanza Press)  in early fall, Thaliad (CA: Phoenicia Publishing) in November.

4 comments:

  1. I am excited for you, and hope some of this enthusiasm rubs off on my work, and that someone takes my book soon!

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  2. Just keep putting your work out in the world... Eventually requests come!

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  3. Yes, it is so wonderful to personally know your collaborators! Congratulations, you really are on a roll with so many books coming out so close together. I have met Beth only - maybe one day I'll meet you, even Clive - I can dream.

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  4. Marja-Leena,

    I guess that it was inevitable that some would land on close dates since I have a lot forthcoming. Hope that works! I'll probably do a batch of joint events for the poetry, too, as I don't think I can afford to go to North Carolina twice for them.

    Yes, we should all meet up some place marvelous!

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Alas, I must once again remind large numbers of Chinese salesmen and other worldwide peddlers that if they fall into the Gulf of Spam, they will be eaten by roaming Balrogs. The rest of you, lovers of grace, poetry, and horses (nod to Yeats--you do not have to be fond of horses), feel free to leave fascinating missives and curious arguments.