Al-Mutanabbi Street bookmark
Tia Blassingame, USA
bookmarks contain chine-colléd pieces of mulberry and banana
papers on crisp, white Bristol paper. When I started writing the
poem, I thought about the dynamic and relationships of the bookseller,
the author, and the reader to books and imagination. All are involved
in creating and accessing imagined worlds, histories. The orange
and grey chine-colléd pieces reference the destroyed texts;
the beauty and nobility of books and of reading are on display
despite the ruin.
I was interested in how even when books or pages are destroyed
by intention or accident, the imagination and creativity of the
writer, of the reader are not diminished. Words and ideas once
unleashed are not so easily interrupted.