[ Heavenly Monkey ] Kelly, Brigit Pegeen, with aquatints by Briony Marrow-Cribbs. Iskandariya. Vancouver: Heavenly Monkey. 2007.
“…her poems are like no one else’s – hard and luminous, weird in the sense of making a thing strange, that we at last might see it…”
“Always in touch with the so-called natural world, her poems nonetheless present it ineluctably in Christian terms, whose implicit verities she invariably calls into question.”
Brigit Pegeen Kelly, who died in 2016, was Professor of English at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She won many of America’s most prestigious awards for her poetry including the Yale Younger Poets Prize and a Whiting Writers Award, and she won fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Academy of American Poets. In this prose poem, she approached nature, about which she wrote most of the time, as though it were a myth both menacing and glorious.
Iskandariya was first published in The New York Times. Here Kelly collaborated with artist Briony Morrow-Cribbs and the Rollin Milroy at the Heavenly Monkey press to produce a small but thoroughly lovely re-issuance of the work. The aquatints were printed by the artist on kitakata and the text was printed by Rollin Milroy on dampened paper made by Reg Lissel. The book was bound by Claudia Cohen.
This copy is one of fifty copies numbered and signed by the artist and the author.
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