During this pandemic spring I felt that the virtual world on my computer screen was not enough; half seen people, paintings, photos and objects all the same flat scale and glowing with computer light, there is no tactile sense or true sound. This book began to honor Barbara Michelena and her gallery, Craft, a jewel box of objects In Rockland. The hand and eye of the maker were evident in each piece she selected for our senses.
This book was to be about the senses and took its time in ’stay home’ days which gave me more time to consider and respond to the texts. Was it the poetry of the words, the ideas or the evoked memories? Readers used to keep commonplace books, a notebook of copied quotations, poems to be remembered. I have those. Other readers wrote marginalia in books making hand written notes alongside the text. I added mine. Books can become a tangible and visual layered history of writers and readers.