(Pub. note: feeling off all day, I went home from this session and then almost had a heart attack! Spent the night at Harborview after the classic symptoms of heart attack: numb left arm, shortness of breath, super high blood pressure.. if you have the symptoms, don’t be dumb like me: CALL 911!!!)
“What the poetry strives to bring about, whether through the magic of words or the evocative nature of the watercolors, is a kind of transmutation. Jewell Zeller and DeBecker teach us how our thoughts and experiences can transform not just our world, but our very psyche, cultivating a consciousness that holds no divide, a mind that is border and transgression, moving elegantly between states of being. All, of course, this philosophizing is done in language that is casually elegant.” – Daniel Casey
Read more of Daniel Casey’s review of “Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts” in the Tupelo Quarterly.
“Zeller and DeBacker present a visual jigsaw puzzle, one that ultimately paints a scene of a roaring and whispering beast alongside a “sweet girl made of March light through a seed pod,” alongside watercolor hummingbirds, and hammers for heads—a book of undeniable strangeness. It delves without fear, or, rather, with a reasonably wild fear, into our increasingly unpredictable climate situation and our currently harrowing political climate”— Tor Strand on Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts
Read the full review in the High Desert Journal.
Saw this hand-sewn single ingredient cookbooks at Artazart bookstore along the St. Martin canal in Paris. One needs to cut the pages apart due to the print/fold, so I couldn’t get a good look at the recipes until I got home. But they’re smartly laid out, nice materials, and would make charming gifts.
Of course I bought the book on anchovies, but also more interestingly, “l’air”— imagine soufflés and foam.
A very sweet idea done well.
Les Éditions de l’Épure: www.epure-editions.com
Congrats to Maya Jewell Zeller and Carrie DeBacker!
It was a real treat tonight to once again get Melinda and Lori together to read and perform from Mary’s Dust. Thanks to Elliot Bay Books for hosting this event!
“Shurin’s engrossing love of his subject can be compared to a one man band with a head full of riveting compositions. He’s available with eyes and ears and skin, and heart memory as well as brain memory.” — Barbara Berman on Flowers & Sky: Two Talks
Read the entire recommendation on The Rumpus.