Jessica, is there any documentation of this event?
I'm already fond of bird-book: Jessica made it & I like birds. Given my interests, this response is a bit obvious and uncritical. Let's try and list some reasons why I like it:
- bird-book, like many of Jessica's other works, is tactile. I like the fact that the poems were made and written. Actually, all poems are both made and written, but Jessica always plays around with or foregrounds what's tactile as well as what's visual. She's written more about this than I probably ever will, so go read some of it.
- The poems encourage multiple readings and an awareness/enjoyment of space and sound (back to that whole tactile/sensory thing)
- Birds birds birds
- Unexpected combinations of words/sounds/visual juxtopositions that some how seem...gentle? I feel like I shouldn't use these word "gentle," and so will use it anyway. In looking at "loon/lune" I read: "thin/chin/strap" "and shrieks" "grebes dive expertly" "sterilized" "yodel" "ceptible" "oil."
- So in the midst of this gentleness is violence. The combination of the gentle headspace and sense of freedom (poemss use of topography, sound, tactility) with a sense of forboding (vocabulary and syntax and other stuff, look at "anatomy") is what I like best about these poems. Is it old school to love unresolved tension?
- bird-book is pretty. I like how this edition is bound with a solid black envelope, instead of a translucent one. Black contrasts well with the colored paper on which the poems are printed. The side on which the poems are printed is pink.