ALPHABETAP – a collaborative visual poetry artists’ book

Posted: February 27, 2014 in artists book, book review, collaboration, visual poetry
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Alphabetap is a collaboration between Thomas M. Cassidy (Minnesota USA) and Marilyn R. Rosenberg (New York USA), just out this month (February 2014) from publisher Luna Bisonte Prods (Ohio USA). Bio info from the book reads:

“Tom Cassidy’s written and drawn works have appeared in hundreds of smallpress and mainstream publications, and in galleries and museums around the world. With John Bennett and Scott Helmes, he co-edited Vispoeology, an international anthology of visual literature for the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, where he most recently exhibited 50 Years / 50 Objects from his vast collection of oddities and what-would-without-benefit-of-exhibition-be-called ephemera. Tom (aka Musicmaster) co-founded the Portland performance poetry troupe The Impossibilists, who were reunited in 2008 for a series of shows by the Oregon Heritage Commission. He is a board member and occasional performer with Cheap Theatre and Patrick’s Cabaret, often confusing shows with board meetings. All of which sounds far more sane and sober than he’ll ever be. His two recent chapbooks (juiced up walnut and give up art) are commonly avoided.”

“Marilyn R. Rosenberg’s most recent visual poetry in artists’ books editions are NOISE (2012, Redfoxpress, Ireland); The Book of Soles (Souls), collaboration with C. Mehrl Bennett, (2011, 2013 Luna Bisonte Prods, Columbus OH, USA.); and RED (2008, 2013 Otoliths) and also many poems published in various Otoliths, Australia. One of a kind bookworks are available at Vamp and Tramp Birmingham AL and Central Booking NYC. MRR’s newest visual poem/drawings are at http://halvard-johnson.blogspot.com/2013/04/marilyn-r-rosenberg.html; an old one recently appeared on http://www.thevolta.org/ewc33-mrosenberg-p1.html. See MRR’s older and newer works, with images- http://scriptjr.nl/issues/2.2/marilyn-r-rosenberg-2-2.php and http://local-artists.org/users/marilyn-r-rosenberg. Images of works are in print publications: LAST VISPO ANTHOLOGY: Visual Poetry 1998 – 2008; 1000 ARTISTS’ BOOKS; EXPLORING THE BOOK AS ART; and WOMEN IN THE ARTISTAMP SPOTLIGHT. Also, MRR is expecting a group of surprises.”

Per Luna Bisonte Prods (LBP) editor, John M. Bennett, “ALPHABETAP is a lively visual collaboration using intense graphics, colors, text, book design, and collage to create a unique and compelling artists’ book that is playfully based on the alphabet. The authors are masters in the fields of visual poetry and the book arts, and this collaboration is a treat for the eye and mind.”

This full color, 80 pp. book will eventually be available via Small Press Distribution – but do watch NOW for the often posted discount codes that arrive via your email if you have signed up for a Lulu.com account; Lulu does an excellent job on color printing, better than their competitors, but it’s pricey. LBP makes only a miniscule profit via SPD compared to Lulu sales, but SPD does manage to get more sales than what happens at the Lulu site at http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/lunabisonteprods

For a direct link to ALPHABETAP (and to preview pages selected from front, mid-section, and end of book) please click HERE.

Alphabatep

Additional LBP notice from C. Mehrl Bennett:

I am technical facilitator and associate editor for the Lulu site LBP publications, and this is probably one of LBP’s last color books due to the high cost of color vs. black & white printing. We’ve published two other full color collaborative books involving both of these authors: THE BOOK OF SOLES (SOULS) by Marilyn R. Rosenberg and myself, and ONDA by Thomas M. Cassidy and John M. Bennett. AND We have one more collaborative color book currently in the pipeline. Even after three rounds of editing down selections from a huge volume of collaborations that have resulted over years of snail mail exchanges between Sheila E. Murphy (AZ, USA) and John M. Bennett (OH, USA), there remains a high number of excellent images/pages that are planned for our next publication***; so LBP’s final color book will be among the even higher priced books at its Lulu P.O.D. site. We’ve also published a full color collaborative book involving Sheila E. Murphy and K.S. Ernst in gorgeous color square format; that is PERMUTORIA

So please stay tuned for the NEXT collaborative color LBP book, as it will be one of our last truely beautiful and astounding full color productions. But who knows, perhaps the ethereal PDF or E-book will appear in LBP’s future in regards more color publications. But that’s up to LBP editor, John M. Bennett, who really loves to turn the physical pages of a book. Don’t you?

***UPDATE: JMB and SEM’s collaborative full color book, YES IT IS, is now available via this LINK

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  1. John M. Bennett says:

    Actually, LBP makes NO profit from SPD sales, but they do get the books distributed pretty well, which is the point after all.

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