Covers; burl and birch veneers laminated onto Masonite
Coptic binding, clamshell box
HOMEOSTASIS began with several sheets of old, burl veneer brought back from an Italian antique store and laminated to become book covers. The burls show how the tree responded to stress or a fungus. In a similar way, our bodies respond to heat and cold, panic or blood sugar levels. In these stressful times, how do our minds maintain their equilibrium? I began to read and collect words and poems finding new ones and old favorites: the Psalms, Milton, Dickens, Hopkins, Rilke, Dickinson, Ferlinghetti and more.
I am waiting for a rebirth of wonder. There are many new discoveries in our digital era as we see far into the universe and minutely into our DNA. But how do we think about them, put them into poetry? And what will the challenges of Artificial Intelligence be? Will a robotic hand make a similar book to HOMEOSTASIS? I think my hands will still need to feel the surface of paper and know the rhythm of writing. The last poem in the book is Emily Dickinson’s, “The brain is wider than the sky…” I am waiting to see the brain and AI at work and waiting for the poetry to be written.