When We Broke the Microscope
By Julia Cohen & Mathias Svalina
Tuscaloosa, Alabama: Small Fires Press, 2007. Edition of 125.
5.25 x 7"; 33 pages. Designed and letterpress printed on a Vandercook #3 and #4 using photopolymer imagery and Centaur photopolymer type. Printed on Hahnemühle Biblio, Khadi Indian Wool, and Evergreen Embossed Line papers. Poetry by Julia Cohen and Mathias Svalina. Illustration by Cherie Weaver (Austin, Texas). Book design by Friedrich Kerksieck.
Colophon: "Julia Cohen & Mathias Svalina's collaborative poems have been published or are forthcoming in the journals Sink Review, Bird Dog, Copper Nickel, Cue, Past Simple and Pilot. Their poems are also featured in &, an anthology of collaborative poetry and photography."
Aaron McNally, review: "In When We Broke the Microscope, Julia Cohen and Mathias Svalina make the subtle (but very notable) distinction between 'crying' and 'saying' wolf. Because of this (and because of many other tiny miracles), their collaborative book locates the immensely mutable truths concerning life in the very fixed symbols of the imagination. Such ironies may sound impossible but the grace of Cohen and Svalina’s carefully-wrought free verse make such discordant sounds appear sonorant to even the most unintelligent ear. It is a book that presents a feast for mythical foxes to prey upon and, because of this, I find this book to appeal to the sincerely carnal beauty of my most sensual literary inclinations."