Rowan Evans -
ODE RHIZOME MOUNTAIN SONGISBN 978-1-804248-03-4
24 pp; risograph printing; top-bound hand stitching
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A sequence of concrete poems and black and white collages of image and found text, ODE RHIZOME MOUNTAIN SONG responds to the mechanism of the typewriter and its invitation to horizontal and vertical reading. As these visual paths shadow the columns of Chinese ideograms, the text enters into direct and oblique dialogue with the 8th Century Wangchuan Ji (‘Wheel River Sequence’) of Wang Wei. Finding an origin among mountain flowers, this poetics follows the spatial logic of the rhizome, ‘a continuously growing horizontal underground stem that puts out lateral shoots’. A poem and artist’s book of lyric orientation.