Ampersand Duck

 

We are very proud to announce our partnership with the wonderful letterpress artist, Caren Florance. Caren has been collaborating with some significant Australian poets to produce a series of bespoke artist’s books. The books themselves are unique, but Caren has made these print editions available as a way of providing another avenue to explore these collaborative exercises.

Ampersand Duck

Melinda Smith
Caren Florance

 Poetry-
ISBN: 9780995353855
Released August 2017
pp84; w 102g

– $12.95 (includes shipping in Australia)
-$ 17.95 (includes shipping Internationally

1962. Menzies was in power, Whitlam was deputy Opposition Leader, and the cold war was in full swing. Canberra was steadily transforming froma town in a paddock to a city with a lake. This is a year in the life of the building that held all the action: Old Parliament House. One of the outcomes of a collaborative project between poet Melinda Smith and artist Caren Florance, this poetic work is an exercise in re-voicing the past and placing it in conversation with the present.

Ampersand Duck

Angela Gardner
Caren Florance

 Poetry-
ISBN: 9780995353855
Released April 2017
pp40; w 64g

– $12.95 (includes shipping in Australia)
-$ 17.95 (includes shipping Internationally)

In 2015 poet Angela Gardner was invited to the print studio of artist Caren Florance to set some blocks of ‘random’ text using metal letter­press type. As a separate creative work, ‘The Future, Un-imagine’ was taking form in Gardner’s mind; there was also ambient sound in the studio, a radio playing and wide-ranging conversation taking place between the two as Gardner set the type. Her seven ‘key’ textblocks were then print-performed by Florance for over a year to produce multiple readings and visual patterns, reflecting the structured chaos that Gardner uses in her writing practice. The artist book that emerged, Working Papers, is impossible to reproduce ‘accurately’ without losing many of its material properties; this chapbook is an opportunity to remix some of its pages to form new arrangements around Gardner’s resolved poem. The result is an augmented presentation of the poem and a companion to the limited edition artist book.