The new Featured Writer isn’t one writer but a book of poets and artists who have responded to each other’s creations in an interlocking sequence that is Book of Sand, the dream child of poet Karen Dennison. The book takes its name from Jorge Luis Borges’ story The Book of Sand (1975) which was the seedcorn for a piece of art which was in turn given to a poet to respond to and so on. The chain is ongoing and there will be at least one more edition, says Karen.
In the first edition there are poems by Emer Gillespie, Sharon Black, Valerie Morton, Abegail Morley and E.E. Nobbs. Artwork by Chris Ruston, Michaela Ridgway, Gwen Simpson, Sam Smith and Karen Dennison.
Tamar Yoseloff writes: ‘A unique meeting of visionary poets and artists, who enter into a dialogue that at once informs and heightens their individual works. This small collection is a joy, and once again confirms that we need both the visual and the verbal to understand the world as a whole.’