We are small is a new book of tipp-ex poetry, a successor to Let us go then, you and I which was published in 2003. While the latter book was based on a fragment of a T.S. Eliot poem, We are small reflects on the non-literary object of a letter. On each page the complete text of this letter is printed, but parts of it are tipp-exed, or made white (tipp-ex is the European word for what in the US is called whiteout). In this manner new poems are revealed that were already present in the original text.
The poems are bleaker than in Let us go then, you and I, the view of the world more hostile. Emptiness seems to pervade the world – “o old / things” – that this book talks about. On a literal level the emptiness is visible in the use of white space.
The book was published in September of 2012 in Leerdam, The Netherlands. The edition is limited to 100 numbered and signed copies. Each book is personalized with the buyer’s name in the colophon.
Black and white perfect bound paperback, size 4.5 x 6.75 inches, 72 pages. Priced at € 18, plus shipping. Order through email or through the webshop. In case you are ordering for someone else, please provide the name of the person that the book is for. Bookshops will receive copies dedicated to the reader in general.
You can see more images of the book here. This book was shortlisted in the 2013 Artists’ Books of the Moment Award, Art Gallery of York University, Canada.
Read a review in Dutch by Lise Lotte ten Voorde for Tubelight.
The book is included in the collections of Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Columbia University, Erfgoedbibliotheek Hendrik Conscience, National Library of The Netherlands (Koninklijke Bibliotheek), and University of the West of England (Bower Ashton) Library.