Barbara Henning

Thursday, April 26, 2007

My Autobiography

On March 14th, Charles Alexander sent me the following email about my new book "My Autobiography"--

a book (for barbara)

a book on its side on top of my bookshelf
about six feet high its spine exposed looking
at me

do you have 999 books with a corner cut away
so that the books now have five edges instead
of four

can the books balance on their fifth edge pre
cariously or not can a book be unbalanced
can we

unbalance the space of the book the space
of our habitation are you in the book can I
find you

can a book unbalance will the words spill out
from the pages or perhaps recombine themselves
to rebalance

steel comes to mind is there a place for steel
here not steal this book but book of steel like
man of steel

or steel curtain or we steel ourselves against
the onslaught we cut off our corners and balance
on edge

charles alexander / chax press


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