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CrapseyClosed.jpgWell, I've done it. Finally. What have I done? I'll tell you if you promise not to tell anyone (sounds like a Beatles tune). I finished my long-postponed Adelaide Crapsey book of poems. I selected 15 of her cinquains and slapped them together.

Let me explain the actual book. I used what I have been told are French Doors as a cover: the cover opens like a pair of doors. I used Chinese stab binding to attach the poems on the cover. It's sort of a Chinese-French concoction. The book includes 15 poems and a short biography of Crapsey/explanation of what a cinquain is for a total of 19 pages. One photo of the author is included.

CrapseyOpen.jpgCool book but it took too long to make and was too long in the making. Working on an edition of five. 15 Crapsey Cinquains. Only available at Tedorigawa Bookmakers. Swift.CrapseyOpen2.jpg

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Episode 31: Designer books

Here are some extremely well-designed books bound on the theme of water and employing a large variety of material. From the Guardian in the UK.

Over at Kimbooktu is the world's most expensive book: Norman Mailer's Moonfire about the US landing on the moon; the book is complete with moon rocks and Buzz Aldrin's autograph (Buzz was the second man on the moon - he also searched for Noah's Ark.)

And after organizing my workspace to such an efficient degree that I can't find anything, I got a commission to make five books with wooden covers in the next 20 days. No problem, that's over four days a book if I didn't have a day-job and wanted to sleep.

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