"...a remarkable visual and minimalist poem, in which Baker's drawings are integrated with, and indeed, form part of, the poem itself. Baker is 'in that stream of & flows with' the Objectivist and the Black Mountain poets, and is part of a circle of poets that includes Cid Corman and Theodore Enslin.
"...here is work that manages to retain all the elements and yet make contemporary Vispo look very empty, leaving the reader to look for the essentials of a more tradition-based visual poetry: a minimalism that matters and the most purely 'concrete' art that ever illustrated text. Writing that cuts to the bone, iconoclastic and original, and a 'Stone Girl' art sprung out of the lines themselves. Writing and art on Baker's terms." ["Vispo" is short for "visual poetry"]
Here's what it looks when it's pulled out:
It's a work that is very clear. It speaks well on its own behalf. So I'm going to post the images page by page below, with the captions being the text accompanying its image (I particularly like the second image below where a checkmark becomes a "returning gull"):
And so the book would seem to end with this sign-off by Ed:
But our prolific Ed can't seem to help himself. He has to go on! To continue -- on the back of the book!
The inability to leave a page blank. Especially when the matter at hand is "Stone Girl" which has consumed Ed's attention for years. The inability to leave a page blank is entirely appropriate here -- I might not trust the obsession otherwise.
That's not the kind of work that is pre-planned, or pre-ordained before its actualization. Here's a photo below of the artist in his studio, and one might say the same thing of the large painting on the right:
[As with all images on this blog, you can click on them to enlarge.]