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The Book That Was To Come

April 13th, 1PM
Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center
Part of The Poetry Center of Chicago's annual reading series

Krissy Wilson, of The Art of Google Books, will read and discuss a suite of cento poems written using marginalia digitized by Google Books.

A discrete waypoint in our understanding of what the book might become, where it is (no longer) bound. Featuring poets and artists whose work concerns the past and future of literary forms, including recipients of the Envisioning the Future of the Book commission from the Center for Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College. Interventions may include artists’ books, works between page and screen, poems made from Google Books marginalia, and Orlando re-written by the vibrations of an oak tree.

A saucy bookplate: “A Pleader to the Needer When a Reader.”

From the back matter of England’s Path to Wealth and Honour, In a Dialogue Between an English-man and a Dutch-man by James Puckle (1718). Original from Oxford University. Digitized July 4, 2006.

Reader comments on image—“Modesty!!”—and another reader questions the comment—”?”

From p. 26 of Poems by Samuel Rogers by Samuel Rogers (1816). Original from the University of Michigan. Digitized March 12, 2008.

"Think of me as withdrawn into the dimness / Yours still - you mine - Remember all the best - / Of our past moments, and forget the Rest - / and so to where I wait, come gently on!" 

Handwritten excerpt from William Allingham’s poem “No Funeral Gloom.” 

From p. 119 of The Longfellow Birthday-Book by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, arranged by Charlotte Fiske Bates (1881). Original from Princeton University. Digitized November 26, 2008.

Text photographed through both sides of a hole in the page.

From p. 1-2 of A Hue and Cry After Conscience: or, The Pilgrims Progress by Candle-light by John Dunton (1681). Original from Lyon Public Library (Bibliothèque jésuite des Fontaines). Digitized September 14, 2010.

Cropping creates triangular erasure poems.

Throughout The Voyages and Travells of the Ambassadors Sent by Frederick Duke of Holstein, to the Great Duke of Muscovy, and the King of Persia by Adam Olearius, Johann Albrecht von Mandelslo, Philipp Crusius, and Otto Brüggemann (1669). Original from the Complutense University of Madrid. Digitized February 11, 2009.

Rhyming bookplate.

From the front matter of The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner, Who Lived Eight and Twenty Years Alone in an Uninhabited Island, on the Coast of America, Near the Mouth of the Great River Oroonoque by Daniel Defoe (1813). Original from the University of Michigan. Digitized January 30, 2009.

Handwritten copy of a poem:

From the front matter of A View of the Structure, Functions, and Disorders of the Stomach and Alimentary Organs of the Human Body by Thomas Hare (1821). Original from Harvard University. Digitized January 27, 2006. (Poem source)