Thursday, May 9, 2013
FOUR BUTTONS TWO HOLES FOUR BROOMS by JEAN ARP
This is another Poems-For-All booklet from the generous gift of curator Richard Hansen! This mini-book features a poem, “Four buttons two holes four brooms” by Jean Arp.
You open the 1 ¾” x 2” book to read some background, i.e. that the book is “a collaboration with artist Marc Snyder. He suggested using the poetry of Dada artist and writer Jean Arp and provided the superlative impression of Arp you see on the cover. “
Marc also runs the co-publisher of this mini-book, Fiji Island Mermaid Press. Anyway, you’d turn the page to see the text of the poem
Four buttons two holes four brooms
By Jean Arp
in the hollow-cheeked hollow of a
roll fireproof gilded baits
down unchallenged staircases of
the catafalcons and catasparrows
in their sneeze coffins
the tables follow the chairs like
and what hovers over the tables and
the shape of a farewell-cloud
declares in verse the situation to be
Here’s an image of both the front and back covers—strikingly designed!
And where shall we “shelve” this book? Well, because the cover has an orange-ish background, I thought of an orange chair—the orange Eames chair!
Naturally, the surrealist tome doesn’t just allow itself to lie flat. It must be slant, hang over the chair!