As a subset of my artistic work, I write poetry and make books. Despite my enthusiasm to participate in the Sketchbook Project I was overwhelmed by a strong desire for privacy. I started by writing a poem about my conflict titled “A Safe Place,” referring to the privacy of my studio and sketchbooks. A few days later I rewrote the poem: “A Safe Place (revised).” I included both poems, on pages facing one another. The revised lines, in bold type are on the left pages and the original lines, in italic type, on the right pages. The last page, on the left only, is shared by both versions. Each image speaks to the lines on that particular page.
The book may be read by reading left pages only, (the revised version in boldface) or right pages only, (the original version in italic) or by reading left and right as one would typically read. This yields three poems all of differing character, meaning and experience.
I hope you enjoy my “sketchbook,” A Safe Place.
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