Here’s the story: because of a malevolant software update (which corrupted my publisher’s computer), I happened upon a small box of incorrectly printed copies of my new chapbook, Midnight’s Marsupium (The Knives Forks and Spoons Press, 2010). All is well as the subsequent run turned out beautifully, but instead of recycling the deviant copies, I decided to experiment with one by way of collage and erasure. I had so much fun doing so that I invited some folks to deface copies as well. I was surprised by the enthusiastic responses that I received and am extremely happy and grateful to present the first set of wonderfully creative results: Ryan Bradley’s armillary-like sculptures, Sommer Browning’s polyvocal erasures, Anne Keefe’s scrapbook-style collage, and Jared Schickling’s distressed and cartographic palimpsests…
Sommer Browning writes poems, draws cartoons and tells jokes in Denver. Either Way I’m Celebrating, her first book, is coming out in early 2011 with Birds, LLC. Visit her at AsthmaChronicles.com. She says, “Doing this erasure I felt three voices distinctly, the book’s, my own and an unknown voice. I listened to all of them.”
Anne Keefe is a poet and Ph.D. candidate at Rutgers University where she teaches literature and writing and is completing a dissertation on contemporary ekphrastic poetry. She has a critical article forthcoming in the international journal of verbal-visual studies, Word & Image, and her poems have been published in several journals including Potomac Review, Hubbub, Crab Orchard Review, The Grove Review, and Prairie Schooner.
Jared Schickling is the author of several books of poetry, most recently Zero’s Blooming Excursion (Blazevox, 2010).