Salt and Light: Seven of AesopÔÇÖs Fables, Stained Glass Windows, and Poems somewhere in between
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From the bookdealer come these descriptions: "4" x 6"; 32 pages. Materials: parchment, Spanish fax, and cotton paper. Letterpress printed using Bembo, Invitation, and mismatched wood types. Signed and initialed by the artist on the colophon. Of the edition of 50, 1 -20 bound in limp parchment and 21 -50 bound in unbleached abaca. Seven of AesopÔÇÖs Fables retold by Eisenbeis. With each fable is a poem by Eisenbeis. Amidst poetry and story are small squares of multicolored paper resembling stained glass windows. Leah Eisenbeis: 'A stained glass window is a sleeping bird that sleeps so deeply it disappears.'" I will add that the combination of fable and poem is itself evocative. In the first fable, the ocean answers the fresh-water streams complaining about the briny effect of the sea when they meet: "Keep away from me and you'll remain sweet." The matched poem finishes "Keep away from me, far away, and you will remain sweet." The matching "stain glass window" brings together blue and black. The poem matched with the "Androcles" fable says that animals are "more faithful to Life. They don't hide and cling on." The poem matched with the almost-suicidal hares meeting the timid frogs finishes by quoting the fable: "I don't know how to stop being more timid than ourselves." A last poem quotes the last words of 2P: "one touch from you and I should be broken in pieces." A lovely "livre d'artiste"!
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