by Jane Hirshfield
ISBN: 978-0-9899228-3-8 price: $175
dimensions: 5.15” x 9.5”
publication date: November 20, 2014
Limited edition of 150 copies, signed by the author. 32 pages of text and artwork with wrap-around cover. Letterpress printed in 3 colors for the interior and 2 colors for the cover by Dependable Letterpress, San Francisco. The cover is Gmund Gentleman Blue 111# Cover paper, the text is Crane's Lettra Unwatermarked 80# text. Hand bound in a unique wrap binding, scored and hand sewn by John Demerritt Bookbinding in Emeryville, California. Design & typography by Kseniya Makarova and Thomas Ingalls of Ingalls Design, San Francisco.
A selection of poems, each of whose titles begins with the word “my,” conducting between them what author Jane Hirshfield has called “a distinct conversation and meditation on the self, its doings and undoings, its sweetness and grief.” The accompanying images are apt extensions of that conversation: atomic tracings taken from bubble chamber experiments in physics, they point toward and are drawn by the world of no-self. In the pages of minus/my-ness, the material of the outer world collaborates with the shifting, questioning perspective of inner life in unexpected, and multiple ways, as explored by the hand of one of the master, quietly Zen-influenced, poets of our time.
I moved my chair into the sun
I sat in the sun
the way hunger is moved when called fasting.