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Aviary Corridor

Charles Alexander

"The poem was written as a kind of response to an outdoor site-specific installation by artist Cynthia Miller (my wife) at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. In the installation, painted sticks, beads, hanging hoops, and other objects were placed along a walkway in the gardens. These objects were in bushes, in branches of trees, and along a wooden fence. In a way they were very unobtrusive, and one could conceivably walk along and not notice them at all. But if one began to notice, then more and more would be seen. When installing the work, soon after hanging a red hoop in a tree, a hummingbird came and flew through the hoop.

"The poem was written soon after this installation was put up. At a later time, Karl Young asked for a work for his screen folds series from Light & Dust Books, and I sent him this work, along with a newer drawing by Cynthia Miller made specifically to accompany the poem in this form which I designed to be a part of Light & Dust's screen fold series. Thus the work became a collaboration between Cynthia, Karl, and me. It was published as a collaborative effort by Light & Dust Books (Kenosha, WI), Chax Press (Tucson, AZ), and Word Press (Kawasaki, Tama-ku, Japan). As a part of the screen fold series, it is Primal Format Screenfold Number Five."


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Charles AlexanderĂs books of poetry include Hopeful Buildings (Chax Press, Tucson, 1990) and arc of light / dark matter (Segue Books, New York, 1992), and several chapbooks, primarily from artist's book presses. two chapbooks are forthcoming in winter 1997-98: Four Ninety Eight to Seven from Meow Press (Buffalo, New York) and Pushing Water from Standing Stones Press (Morris, Minnesota). he has also published reviews and critical essays on contemporary literature and culture in several journals and in exhibition catalogues. he is the founder and director of Chax Press, a publisher of handmade letterpress books and trade literary editions, both of which explore innovative writing and its conjunction with book forms. through Chax Press, from 1986 to the present Alexander has organized literary readings, talks, workshops and presentations by artists.

for more information about other screenfolds, please contact Light & Dust Books at 7112 27th Ave., Kenosha, WI 53143.

Electronic version originally published by Christopher W. Alexander, 1997.


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