With BookArtObject Edition One eight book artists created a limited edition of small books in response to the poem Learning Absence, 1986 by Rosemary Dobson.
Learning Absence, 1986
Being alone is also to be learnt
Long time or short time.
Walking the length of the house, shutting
The doors and the windows
No longer calling casually over one's shoulder.
Returning to find no trace
Of the other, companionable living -
Bread smell, the stove still warm,
Clothes on the line like messages,
Or messages written and left on the kitchen table:
"We need to keep watering the cumquat."
Or, "I have paid the milkman."
At night, at this season, lingering at the window
Not being certain where to find Halley's Comet,
And looking a long time at the darkening sky.Text taken from Rosemary Dobson, Collected Poems, part of the Angus & Robertson series 'Modern Poets'. Published 1991, ISBN 0 207 16864 4. Text copyright © Rosemary Dobson 1991. Reproduced by arrangement with the licensor, Rosemary Dobson, c/- Curtis Brown (Aust) Pty Ltd.
One complete set of this edition was purchased for the permanent collection of the State Library of Queensland in Brisbane.
** pics of individual books in the edition can be viewed here