Collage No. 1

Collage No. 1When Carole was showing my Project Challenge students how to bind books yesterday, I made one too. I've decided to make collages in the book rather than write in it. For a while on my old weblog I was posting my paintings fairly regularly, but I haven't been painting lately, mostly because I'm not a painter but at the same time painting was drawing time & focus away from writing, partly because I really don't have a good place to do the messy work of painting. But with my book -- pages are about 9 3/4 inches by 6 1/2 -- all I need is scissors & a glue stick. This one com,es right out of cubism. I tried to work quickly with stuff that was just lying around on my desk or nearby; all I added to the cut out pieces were a few lines drawn with pen & pencil.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

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