LOST LEXICON: Letterpress + Poetry Exhibit

LOST LEXICON, my latest work in progress, was on display in the gallery at The Old Art Building from June 23-28, 2017.  This work came about as a result of my being named the 2017 Ann Hall Artist in Residence at the Leelanau Community Cultural Center, which among other things, provided a beautiful, soulful old space with gorgeous light in which to show a body of work. I’m the first poet to ever receive this assignment, and the first to show in the gallery there. I’d had a project in mind for a while, for which I needed a large, well-lit space, and the LOST LEXICON began to take shape once I had the space to imagine it into being.
Here are some glimpses of how it came together.
Interlochen Public Radio did a very nice, 5 minute story about the project: Poet Rescues Nature Words from Dictionary’s Trash Heap.
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Collectors can acquire the full set of twenty poems in a limited edition portfolio, of which there are just two left from an edition of 12. The deluxe edition, of which there is only one, is presented in a silk hardcover portfolio designed and created by Lisa Hersey of Antler Editions. Contact me for more information if you would like to purchase one of these special portfolios.
LOST LEXICON is a conceptual project, but it’s anchored in the concrete work of casting lead type, setting it by hand, and printing poems on presses that date to the early 20th century.
It’s also a conversation piece, and I want to keep sharing this with my friends and fellow humans.
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LOST LEXICON is an occasion for me to work with language associated with the natural world at a time when it’s leaving our formal and daily lexicon in order to make room for more technology based words. So far I’ve written 32 of what will eventually be a 60 or so word set. Twenty of those poems were printed in collaboration with William Muller of Big Wheel Press, who brought his design and printing expertise to this project. The recent exhibit at The Old Art Building in Leland, Michigan was made possible by generous support from the Ann Hall Artist in Residence Program there.

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