Sonnets of Death and Love. Pressing Issues.
Sonnets of Death and Love.
Sonnets of Death and Love.

Sonnets of Death and Love.

(Santa Barbara, CA): Simplemente Maria Press, 2021. Heebner, Mary. Octavo. (95)pp. One of twenty deluxe copies, specially bound by Mary Heebner and signed by both her and the author, Anthony Weller. Heebner’s collages, here photographically reproduced, capture the romance of Classical sculpture to meditate on the physical and emotional power brought to the sonnets by Weller, who suffers from primary progressive multiple sclerosis and is paralyzed from the neck down. Weller, whose voice is all but gone, writes by whispering or sounding out words by their individual syllables, or by blinking. His poems reflect not only the pain and anxiety brought on by his diagnosis, but also his love and fear surrounding his partner. They speak of anticipated grief, cautious hope, and remembered and current happinesses and worries. The result, especially when paired with Heebner’s collages, is a profound and personal tour through chronic illness and lasting, heartbreaking love. Included in the deluxe edition is a letterpress-printed sonnet (the eighteenth, in this copy) and a high quality print by Heebner. Bound in hand-painted covers of Torinoko paper over boards, letterpress titling, Bugra endpapers, and a goatskin spine. Print and letterpress sheet held in a separate chemise. All housed in an archival box. Very fine. Item #30533

Price: $950.00