The Toe, The Horse, The Sister
Jeremy Akerman, Eileen Daly (editors)
A new book of visual poetry by artist Maria Zahle. This collection of 25 poems are a response to life as an artist, mother, sister, daughter and lover.
The poems oscillate between lived experience and formal experimentation, described through memories and intimate speculations. The poetry shape-shifts between words and visual marks: insistent groupings of punctuation, drawn shapes and repeating patterns. Each page is a tactile space, with language and image vibrating in tension with each other. This sculptural poetry encourages an active reader.
Many of the poems reflect on small but vivid events retold and refracted through language. The book is not a linear narrative, but rather an exploration of the ways in which experience and memory collide, fragment and overlap within our consciousness. Throughout our lives, we all exist as a range of selves, taking on various roles – child, adult, artist, friend, stranger. In Zahle’s poems, these selves are present all at once. There is no boundary between a memory, a touch, a word, a thought.
Poetry, visual poetry, memory, identity, Danish artist
165 x 298 mm. 28 pages.
Singer sewn. Digitally printed.
Zahle, Maria, "The Toe, The Horse, The Sister" (2021). Rollins College Book Arts Collection. 71.