Naked Poetry Book

Yet another swap on swap-bot, but this time within a group. It was recommended I’d encounter far fewer flakers within the group swaps, so I’m trying it out. I was afraid I was going to be moving soon, so I avoided swaps, but this one I couldn’t resist! The idea was to put at least four poems in a booklet, decorate the cover, and send it through the mail with no envelope– thus the “naked” part. As usual, I went overboard.

I decided to make the booklet by hand (trying coptic binding for the first time) and using the techniques from Samantha Kira’s Wish Journal workshop to make the pages. THEN I decided to glue the poems in line by line. AND fill the booklet. The last 24 hours before mailing had a whole lot more stress than sleep, as you might imagine. The cover was a bit dull, but I feel the inside makes up for it. It’s far from perfect — crooked lines and loose binding, glue smudges and fonts I forgot to change after copying and pasting into a document for printing– but I really love the poetry I chose, including  poems by Pablo Neruda, Nikki Giovanni, Mark Jarman, Eve Merriam, and others. Click the thumbnails if you’d like to read them.

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About cassandramarie

Cassandra is a 24 year old soon-to-be teacher, used-to-be poet, and when-I-can mixed-media artist; a bookish little nerd with her head in the clouds and the Lord's Word in her heart. View all posts by cassandramarie

3 responses to “Naked Poetry Book

  • Mary

    That was a lot of work…doing all that gluing and pasting. You swapped an entire book?

    • CassandraMarie

      The book was 9cm by 14 cm– about the size of a postcard. But yes, I did. And yes, I got myself in WAAAAAAY over my head, haha.

  • peachbutterart

    Hi CassandraMarie,

    I have just discovered your blog and I LOVE it! What beautiful work you do. 🙂 I have been looking for an opportunity to meet other artists online and participate in swaps and learn new techniques. Thank you so much for posting your art. It’s wonderful!

    Jacqueline

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