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The Dickinson composites

Author: Jen Bervin; Emily Dickinson; Granary Books (Firm)
Publisher: New York : Granary Books, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Emily Dickinson avoided publication, calling it 'the auction of the mind, ' but penned nearly 1700 poems in her lifetime. Readers are familiar with her characteristic dashes, but fewer have seen her equally ubiquitous crosses (+ marks) or the variant words to which they correspond because they are rarely reflected in print editions. The variant words are preceded by the + mark and often appear listed in clusters  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Adaptations
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Manuscripts
Pictorial works
Specimens
Artists' books
Named Person: Emily Dickinson; Emily Dickinson; Emily Dickinson; Emily Dickinson
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jen Bervin; Emily Dickinson; Granary Books (Firm)
OCLC Number: 669174971
Notes: Title from unbound booklet.
"The Dickinson Composites is an artist book that focuses on a series of large-scale quilts Jen Bervin made by embroidering the poet Emily Dickinson's unusual punctuation markings from her fascicles. The box, printed with enigmatic red crosses and dashes, contains two sewn samples (excerpts made at the same scale, in the same materials using the same methods as the quilts), large prints of each quilt, and a nested booklet. Like Dickinson's manuscripts, the box and the works therein are encountered entirely without titles. In the booklet, an essay by Bervin elucidates Dickinson's variant marking system in her poetry manuscripts and provides further context for the quilts."--Publisher's web catalog.
Each box includes: A lignin-free 11 1/2 x 15 x 1 1/2 inch drop-front archival box printed with quilt-scale fascicle marks in red. Two machine sewn and hand-embroidered samples--excerpts from Composites 28 and 38, made at the same scale, in the same materials using the same methods as the quilts. Images in the booklet show the hand-sewn sample in relation to the full quilt, with the excerpt area marked. Large color prints of all six quilts: The Composite Marks of Emily Dickinson's Fascicle 16, 19, 28, 34, 38, and 40. An unbound 16-page booklet with an essay on the variant marks, images of Dickinson's manuscript poems, and process and installation images of the quilts. The booklet is housed in a pocket printed with marks and sewn with a cotton tape lift.
Edition of 50 copies.
Library copy is 24/50.
Description: 1 box : illustrations ; 31 x 30 x 4 cm
Responsibility: Jen Bervin.

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"Emily Dickinson avoided publication, calling it 'the auction of the mind, ' but penned nearly 1700 poems in her lifetime. Readers are familiar with her characteristic dashes, but fewer have seen her equally ubiquitous crosses (+ marks) or the variant words to which they correspond because they are rarely reflected in print editions. The variant words are preceded by the + mark and often appear listed in clusters after the poem but before the horizontal line Dickinson drew to signal the end of a poem. To read the variants, you move backwards through the poem trying to find the point of insertion, the corollary word, or phrase (preceded by a +) that the variants refer to in the poem. They are sometimes quite close in meaning to the marked word, but in other instances, they are as far ranging as " + world, + selves + sun"--Artist's statement.

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