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Poem by  Fredrik Averin - First printing - 2012 - from Passages Bookshop (SKU: 3862)


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by Averin, Fredrik

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Portland, OR: Author, 2012. First printing. (146) pp., 5 x 8 inches. Perfect bound in printed wrappers. Edition of 500 numbered copies. New.

The colophon simply describes this work as "39 four-letter poems," but the four-letter words constituting the poems, arranged three words to a spread, are printed with just the vowels (in reverse) on the left-hand side and the consonants on the right. When the page is turned, the letters combine, and the words can only then be read, through the page. An ingenious and almost magical design, in which the semi-transparency of the lightweight paper is taken as an opportunity rather than a defect. Elegantly simple, and yet producing an intriguingly complex series of abstract visual poems as the letters separate and reconnect.


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About Passages Bookshop

Passages Bookshop stocks fine, rare, and unusual books and graphic art, with a concentration on modern and contemporary literature and art (particularly poetry and the avant-garde), artist's books, fine printing, and the book arts. The successor to New York City's Bridge Bookshop (late 1980s), Passages opened in Albuquerque in 1994 and relocated to Portland, Oregon, in 1997. In November of 2015 we moved to a new retail shop and gallery centrally located in Portland's east side, two blocks north of the convention center, where we are typically open Thursday through Saturday from 12:00 to 6:00 pm, as well as by appointment or chance. Proprietor: David Abel,


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