Edition #2

The inspiration for Edition Two came from the poem Paper Wrestling by New Zealand poet Claire Beynon, via Carol Cantrell's blog.  Thank you Carol!  Nine artists (Caren Florance (AUS), Guylaine Couture (CAN), Carol Cantrell (AUS), Rhonda Ayliffe (AUS), Sara Bowen (AUS), Fiona Dempster (AUS), Jane Aliendi (AUS), Alison Fenech (AUS) and Di Patmore (AUS)) participated in BookArtObject Edition Two.

PAPER WRESTLING by Claire Beynon

Pretend you're breaking in a horse

don't be intimidated

let the paper know who's boss

acknowledge its memory

encourage it to relax

if necessary, walk on stockinged feet

tune into its voice

don't mind its splutters and coughs

treat its fibres with respect

rein it in, but not too much


recognize the fact that it's breathing, too

place your wine on a bookcase

kneel down in anticipation

caress its surfaces

ask it what secrets it knows


look at it against the light

take it to the trough

have an old towel handy

make sure the water's not too cold

you don't want any shocks

see that it's not too hot either

lest your best intentions come undone

keep in mind green tea left too long

lazily served in a wide-brimmed cup

wait for the sign that indicates it's time

take the plunge and lunge

move fast or the paper will think

it can get the better of you

handle it firmly, addressing it

in low and patient tones

trust that with time and persistence

it will succumb, may even let you in.

From: "Open book: poetry & images" by Claire Beynon

c Claire Beynon, 2007, Steele Roberts Publishers, Wellington NZ

ISBN 978-1-877448-15-7


** photos of individual books from the edition can be viewed here.