Limited edition Narratives of the Lost chapbook now available!
JackPine Press now has our lovely chapbook available for purchase online! These are limited edition – you’ll want to scoop your own copy up before they disappear.
We celebrated the chapbook launch in Victoria, B.C. last week.
Narratives of the Lost: A poetry and art collaboration between Bren Simmers and Laurel Terlesky.
The project began with pictures of lost objects taken on daily walks around Squamish, BC, where both creators lived at the time. They sent each other texts of their finds and responded to these objects with poetry, photography, and drawings. By framing these lost objects as art—gloves placed carefully on branches for their owners to reclaim—they become an entry point into narrative, sparking conversations about connection. Who did these items belong to and how do they reflect Squamish’s changing community identity.
The books are digitally printed and hand stitched by the creators.
JackPine Press helps people make literary and artistic book works in smaller print-runs so that we can keep it weird, handcrafted, and uniquely made out of fine or found materials. Please show your support – we need to keep initiatives like this going.
Chopping Block – Limited Edition print
A limited edition artist print of Chopping Block from Narratives of the Lost is now available. It is 28 x 43 cm (11x 17”) on archival Canson Arches Aquarelle 240gsm (they are gorgeous and will make a beautiful feature in your home). We’re selling them for $65 + tax and shipping. Order online or send me an email if you’d like to order one (or a few!).
Chopping BlockSurveyor’s flag compete with yellow
skunk cabbage along the creek
where someone’s waded across
barefoot and left two socks sunning
on an antlered branch like the stippled fur
of an elk shedding winter’s coat.
Reintroduced after a shotgun century,
they shoulder the Sea-to-Sky highway
ravenous for browse, only to lose the rut
to a F350 outside Timmy Ho’s.
Headlines call herd a danger,
warning signs installed while others tweet.
We’re hooked to an ECG machine
staring down extinction.
All eyes on the end game.
~ Bren Simmers
August 4 – 18, 2018: Narratives of the Lost in Lost and Lucidity curated by Diana Aliin partnership with the Santa Ana College Art Gallery, Santa Ana, CA, U.S.A
August 15 – 17, 2018: Surface Rupture at Third Shift Festival, Saint John, New Brunswick
Hope you’re having a stellar summer – full of inspiration and maybe a few surprises 🙂