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Poems by Martha Serpas; torn and fragmented etchings and carbon drawings by Michele Burgess on Twinrocker and Rives papers. Text hand set in Twentieth-Century Medium. Bound in leather and cloth and housed in a clamshell box by Claudia Cohen. Edition of 40. 2016.
The poems are centered in the American South, where Serpas’s hometown of Galliano, Louisiana, is disappearing into the Gulf of Mexico because of coastal erosion and rising seawaters. Burgess’s etchings are concerned with the disappearance of the languages and patterns of nature as a result of climate change and its many consequences. The etchings are “ghost” printings collaged with torn fragments from the first impression on Gampi paper. This is volume nine of “The Stratigraphic Archives” series.