Pop-Up Book Box
Pop-Up Book Box

Materials: hinged jewelry box, embroidery thread, beads, ink, and card. Verse: excerpt from Pathways (Bullet Hole Riddle, 2014).

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Pop-Up Book Box Side
Pop-Up Book Box Side

Glass, plastic, and paua beads.

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Pop Up Book Box Angle
Pop Up Book Box Angle
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Pop-Up Book Box Closed
Pop-Up Book Box Closed
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Velvet Star Box
Velvet Star Box

Materials: Velvet hinged box, embroidery thread, beads and crystals, acrylic paint, and ink. Poem: Excerpt from Pathways (Bullet Hole Riddle, 2014).

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Velvet Star Box, Front
Velvet Star Box, Front

Paint on blue velvet.

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Velvet Star Box, Detail
Velvet Star Box, Detail
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Velvet Star Box Beneath
Velvet Star Box Beneath

Ink wash and card on blue velvet - space for a personal message.

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Book Boxes for Vīsuālis Exhibition
Book Boxes for Vīsuālis Exhibition

From the top: The Jewellery Box, 2017; The Survival Box, 2016; The Perfume Box, 2012

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The Jewelry Box
The Jewelry Box

Materials: Old jewelry box with ribbon, collage (National Geographic and gift-wrap), ink pen. Verse: A) At the time (Bullet Hole Riddle, 2014) and B) The pursuit of happiness (2017, unpublished).

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Jewelry Box Front Cover 1
Jewelry Box Front Cover 1
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Jewelry Box pg 1-2
Jewelry Box pg 1-2

At the time...

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Jewelry Box pg 3-4
Jewelry Box pg 3-4

there was too much to say / so she said nothing...

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Jewelry Box pg 5-6
Jewelry Box pg 5-6

the words knotted their arms together / all octopus and impenetrable ocean...

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Jewelry Box pg7-8
Jewelry Box pg7-8

swam furiously / but could not find the surface.

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Jewelry Box Front Cover 2
Jewelry Box Front Cover 2
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Jewelry Box B pg3-4
Jewelry Box B pg3-4

You say you only want to be happy like everyone else / but sometimes prison bars look like a face smiling or laughter...

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Jewelry Box B pg5-6
Jewelry Box B pg5-6

sometimes they look like a human simply walking around in their skin / you can watch closely but you only see skin...

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Jewelry Box B pg7-8
Jewelry Box B pg7-8

you see smiles and teeth / you see happy and sometimes happy is the same weight as sad...

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Jewelry Box B pg9-10
Jewelry Box B pg9-10

sometimes happy puts sad in a choke hold / schoolyard bully, prison guard, lock.

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The Letter Box A pg 1-2
The Letter Box A pg 1-2

I wake up and there are gaps everywhere / a gap on the bed / a gap in the morning / a gap in the night that follows it...

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The Letter Box A pg 3-4
The Letter Box A pg 3-4

a thousand soft little gaps that creep up mute before me shadows of a thing I want to stay attached to / and you say at least and talk about other things after the right amount of time...

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The Letter Box A pg 5-7
The Letter Box A pg 5-7

move me away from myself like it could save me from becoming a line drawing or gesture of myself / the mere suggestion of a body in space / like one of Matisse's five dancing ladies...

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The Letter Box A pg 8-10
The Letter Box A pg 8-10

we always assume they are celebrating something / but maybe they are one woman in five positions / dancing around her griefs.

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The Letter Box B Jerusalem Letters
The Letter Box B Jerusalem Letters
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The Letter Box B pg 1,3,4
The Letter Box B pg 1,3,4

Every Hebrew noun is either masculine or feminine / eretz, the word for land, is feminine - bayit, the word for house, is masculine / emet, the word for truth is feminine and davar, the word for thing is masculine...

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The Letter Box B pg 7-8
The Letter Box B pg 7-8

most names of streets, cities and countries are feminine Jerusalem, Aza, and Israel are all feminine / In Hebrew every verb must agree with the gender of its subject...

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The Letter Box B pg 7,9,10
The Letter Box B pg 7,9,10

Dear, Israel this is just to remind you the words for mother are em and imah.

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GALLERY
BOOK BOXES

Handmade poetry books hidden inside boxes. I re-purpose discarded gift boxes, old magazines, and found objects to create visual poetry books that fold out of box-lid covers. 

POET / PERFORMER

MIRIAM BARR