Roberta Delaney ~ Massachusetts


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Celebrating Childhood
Written in Arabic by Adonis
Translated by Khaled Mattawa
Artwork by Roberta Delaney
Massachusetts: 2011, Roberta Delaney. Edition of 12.

11 x 7.25"; 38 pages including free end pages. Text letterpress printed in Optima type by John Kristensen at Firefly Press on Rives heavyweight paper. Lithographs printed on Rives BFK paper by Carolyn Muskat. Metal post binding. Bound in wooden boards with artist design on front board, unique to each book - boxwood as a base with various veneers. Linen canvas lining on interior of boards. Laid in cloth-covered clamshell box. Book signed and numbered by the artist on the colophon.

Roberta Delaney: "'Celebrating Childhood' by Adonis and translated by Khaled Mattawa, was one of those poems tacked to my studio wall for over a year. It intrigued me in various ways. The poem spoke to me in staccato flashes, not as a continuous song. The content of each paragraph is an entity onto itself, very similar to how days differ as separate units then flow into weeks.

"Following the poem through two years of work, my images vary, as does the poet's voice from the whimsical to the metaphorical to the specific. Adonis shares with us his awareness of the passage of time from remembered moments of childhood to maturity. He forcefully comments on the impossibility of re-living the past and concludes the poem with astute observation of the present.

"The 24 lithographs reflect the staccato flashes of the text. They do not flow nor are they illustrative. The unity [of] language, verbal and visual, is the essence of my books."

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Parallel Voices
Ancient Chinese Poetry / Contemporary Western Poetry
With Seven Lithographs by Roberta Delaney
Massachusetts: Roberta Delaney, 2008. Edition of 10.

10.5 x 12" closed; 9 triptychs. Text letterpress printed by John Kristensen. Set in Optima type and printed on Rives BFK paper. Lithographs printed by Carolyn Muskat. Design and illustrations by Roberta Delaney. Signed and numbered on the colophon by the artist. Laid in cloth-covered clamshell box.

Roberta Delaney: "Many poems I have included in my various books have been translations. Neither music nor the visual arts have this avenue to the past or other cultures. 'Parallel Voices' presents my enquiry into the role of translations and how they reveal the essence of being human across cultures and centuries.

"I chose a culture far from my own, Ancient China. These poems have been translated many times through many dynasties as well as other languages. Contemporary poetry represents my culture and life. Reading widely in both fields, universal themes started to emerge, war, writing, wonder, death, and nature.

"'Parallel Voices' pertains to the layout of the images which in turn points to the parallel presented in the text of the paired poems. Unbound pages are folded into a triptych and boxed. The viewer first sees a folded page with a black vertical line. The one on the left is the poem from China; parallel to the panel is the Western poem. Upon opening the panels, a square lithograph presents the common theme the two poems share. Short selections of each poem are woven through the lithographs to emphasize this poetic link."
$1,800 (Last 3 copies)

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