I began experimenting with bookforms in the early 1970s, and have continued in one way and another since then. Many of these I thought of as "proposals" rather than finished books. The most important that go beyond this have been books made so that they can be used as musical instruments. A photo of a simple book, that produces sounds by clapping pages together, may be seen in "Notation and the Art of Reading." Some include strings, resonating chambers, etc. For many years I made these for use in my own performances or for use by other performance artists. My favorite of these books is Make A Joyful Noise, in the collection of Ruth and Marvin Sackner.
SOME ANTHOLOGY INCLUSIONS:
Visual Lit Crit, edited by Richard Kostelanetz, Co-published by Precisely Magazine and West Coast Poetry Review, 1977 A Big Jewish Book, edited by Jerome Rothenberg, Doubleday, 1978 Text Sound Text, edited by Richard Kostelanetz, William Morrow, 1980 An Americas Anthology, edited by D. Clinton, C.W. Truesdale, and Tom Montag, New Rivers, 1983 Death: An Anthology of Ancient Texts, Songs, Prayers, And Stories, edited by David Meltzer, North Point Press, 1984. Technicians of the Sacred, (Second Edition) edited by Jerome Rothenberg, University of California Press, 1985 Poems for the Milenium, Vol 2, edited by Jerome Rothenberg and Pierre Joris, University of California Press, 1998 Poesia Sonora Hoie, edited by Philadelpho Menezes, Sao Paulo, 1999 A Book of the Book, edited by Jerome Rothenberg and Steven Clay, Granary Book, 2000.
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