Bequeathe Love

Bequeathe Love artist book
Handmade artist's book, open edition 9 x 3 inches closed, 9 x 24 inches open 8 pages
Price: $75.00

I depart as air . . . I shake my white locks at the runaway sun,
I effuse my flesh in eddies and drift it in lacy jags
I bequeathe myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love,
If you want me again look for me under your bootsoles

You will hardly know who I am or what I mean,
But I shall be good health to you nevertheless,
And filter and fibre your blood.

Failing to fetch me at first keep encouraged,
Missing me one place search another,
I stop some where waiting for you.

-Walt Whitman

These are the last lines of the poem “Song of Myself” from Leaves of Grass, published by Walt Whitman in 1855.

Accordion fold book is printed two sides on Arches Text Wove paper and wrapped in an indigo heavy Cave paper cover tied with a sheer ribbon. Second printing of an open edition, this printing is limited to 27 copies.

Created by Cari Ferraro, 2011

For more photos of this book, please visit the page in the Gallery, and this journal post for more background about the creation of this book.

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