By Sara Parr
Minneapolis, Minnesota: Sara R. Parr, 2007. Edition of 35.
4.25 x 5.5"; 60 pages. Japanese stab bound. Laser printed text on Staedler 100% rag vellum. Typefaces: Hoefler Text, Jenson Pro, Caslon Pro, and Florens.
Includes excerpts and adaptations from Sylvia Plath's The Collected Poems, Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Each page is doubled and has the outline of a black rectangle — presumably the mirror — printed on the inner fold. The words, out of context, sometimes alone, sometimes with orphans from different works, appear on the white, translucent vellum along with words or phrases (printed sometimes on the surface, sometimes on the folded under sides) that show through from contiguous pages. It is like hearing — although in fact you are seeing — echoes or resonances. The effect is to present a multivoiced, multilayered meditation on the mirror, or is it mirrorness?