Somebody, kindly lie to me
Tell me I am “going to be OK”
Soon, life will be like driving down Laurel Canyon in 1973
In a Galaxie 500
Top down, radio up
Nothing but possibilities
That I will rest easy…
like so many humans do with ease
Someone, kindly lie to me
Whisper I’ve done enough meditating, stretching, giving, therapies, effort
That soon, I will sleep (!) and wake up (!)
and every muscle, joint and nerve won’t be on fire
Please, kindly lie to me.
I promise to believe you (for now).
Archival documentation from a series of poetry, made into chapbooks called “Items: Forgotten in Drawers” – basically freeverse poetry chopped up and pasted onto (usually olden) hotel letterhead, assembled amongst other paper ephemera items to create little tomes of eclectic-ness.
Then, each of the 3 cycles (so far), gets a special cover – front and back – made from other repurposed / forgotten paper (i.e. bankbook) and embellished (usually by hand) with other papery items (i.e. stamps or postcards) to make each of the run unique.
A collection of chapbooks called “Items: Forgotten in Drawers” made in 2017 from handwritten poetry created in Asia, Arabia, Mediterranean, then (roughly) transcribed and printed in BC, cut and glued to vintage hotel stationery in Montréal, bulk printed and collated in Vegas, assembled in Utah, and given as gifts for my birthday.
Each one hand-cut/stitched and (obviously) uniquely finished with stamps (postal and inky), with affection. Run of 12 if I recall, most documented here. Turns out this collection is “Volume 1” as more similar collection have followed.
I purchased some books and cards and other oddities at Hardy’s , Sanur, then went to the nearby café to review purchases – a varoety of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and reference about Bali and nearby Malay peninsula for the first part. Worked through some, some are intolerable. The “Indonesia and Not, Poems and Otherwise” is BY FAR the pick of the litter, really something special.
Snaps of scrapbooks in midst of assembly – both in creation of the actual scrapbook (which creates a lovely substate, as-it-were), the scraps readied to go within to make the scrapbooks into a scrapjournals,… plus kit(s) of tools on the ready, and the workspaces used to do both building and filling, are documented – for no distinct reason than enjoyment of the process.