By Shu-Ju Wang
Portland, Oregon: Shu-Ju Wang, 2008. Edition of 40.
8.5 x 1.25 " closed, opens to 8.5 x 20"; 32 pages. Silkscreen printed with the Gocco on black French Speckletone Cover. Bound as a palm leaf book with cotton embroidery thread, black glass buttons, and black Japanese Unryu.
Shu-Ju Wang: "Three poems dedicated to the Piper Nigrum, the most humble of our spices, the black pepper. Initially inspired by a chili eating contest at a Thai restaurant, the book evolved to explore the history of the spice trade in SE Asia."
Keeping with the book's subject, it is constructed palm leaf style with a map of the Banda Islands (the Spice Islands) on the reverse side.