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Skull Drawings & Bone Songs

Skull Drawings & Bone Songs

Drawings by Ruth Fine,
with poems in response by Clifford Burke

In 1990 Ruth Fine sent me a collection of drawings of animal skulls, and asked me to write poems to go with them. The book is printed by laser on tree-free paper made from Kenaf, an African plant being grown in the Southwest, and bound by hand in handprinted letterpress wrappers.

48 pages, 7 x 8 1/2 inches, handbound
One poem…

We call it ancient wisdom
comes in the minute
counterpoint of stasis & of change

All constructed things have edges,
have balance, by desgn

See how the lines meet,
intersect, flow on.