April 13, 2013

Erasure poems.

Throughout A West Point Yearling by Paul Bernard Malone (1911). Original from the University of Virginia. Digitized March 31, 2011.

April 7, 2013

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.

March 24, 2013
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.

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.

February 25, 2013
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.

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.

February 10, 2013
"Think of me as withdrawn into the dimness / Yours still - you mine - Remember all the best - / Of our past moments, and forget the Rest - / and so to where I wait, come gently on!"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.

"Think of me as withdrawn into the dimness / Yours still - you mine - Remember all the best - / Of our past moments, and forget the Rest - / and so to where I wait, come gently on!"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

February 8, 2013
Tear interrupts “Sleep.”
From p. 266 of The Longfellow Birthday-Book by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, arranged by Charlotte Fiske Bates (1881). Original from Princeton University. Digitized November 26, 2008.

Tear interrupts “Sleep.”

From p. 266 of The Longfellow Birthday-Book by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, arranged by Charlotte Fiske Bates (1881). Original from Princeton University. Digitized November 26, 2008.

January 2, 2013
Ripped, taped, and ripped again. 
From p. 148 of Anna Karenina by Lyof N. Tolstoï, trans. by Nathan Haskell Dole (1899). Original from Harvard University. Digitized July 18, 2008.

Ripped, taped, and ripped again. 

From p. 148 of Anna Karenina by Lyof N. Tolstoï, trans. by Nathan Haskell Dole (1899). Original from Harvard University. Digitized July 18, 2008.

November 10, 2012
Torn page constructs a new poem title: “The Dangerous Shoes.”
From Simple Truths in Verse for the Amusement and Instruction of Children at an Early Age by Mrs. Mary Belson Elliott (1816). Original from Harvard University. Digitized April 8, 2008.

Torn page constructs a new poem title: “The Dangerous Shoes.”

From Simple Truths in Verse for the Amusement and Instruction of Children at an Early Age by Mrs. Mary Belson Elliott (1816). Original from Harvard University. Digitized April 8, 2008.

October 11, 2012

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.

September 5, 2012
Ripped paper poem.
From the back matter of Histoire de la Naissance, Progrés et Décadence de l’Hérésie de ce Siècle by Florimond de Raemond (1618). Original from Lyon Public Library. Digitized January 23, 2012.

Ripped paper poem.

From the back matter of Histoire de la Naissance, Progrés et Décadence de l’Hérésie de ce Siècle by Florimond de Raemond (1618). Original from Lyon Public Library. Digitized January 23, 2012.

September 1, 2012

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.

July 30, 2012
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.

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.

June 26, 2012
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)

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)

May 14, 2012

Text obscured to a vertical string of characters. 

From various pages of The Gary Public Schools: Science Teaching by Otis W. Caldwell (1920). Original from the University of California. Digitized October 12, 2007.

February 21, 2012

New texts created when read through burnt holes.

From p. 31-34 of Memoir of Harriet Dow by Baron Stow (1832). 

Previously documented here.