A tree grew inside my head. A tree grew in. Its roots are veins, its branches nerves, thoughts its tangled foliage. Your glance sets it on fire, and its fruits of shade are blood oranges and pomegranates of flame.. Day breaks in the body’s night. There within, inside my head, the tree speaks, come closer — can you hear it?
text by Octavio Paz, translated by Eliot Weinberger from Collected Poems 1957-1987 © 1984 by Octavio Paz & Eliot Weinberger. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing.
box is 3.7 x 3.25 x 1. Two-layered miniature accordion book, the text on delicate semi-transparent paper, the images on heavier paper beneath. The back (image) pages are hand printed (intaglio/woodcut/linocut, pochoir) on Rives Lightweight. The front (text) pages are walnut dyed unryu with laserprint transfer text. The endpapers are Pamela Smith hand marbled papers. The covers are Wenge wood with a gilded composition leaf design. The cover edges are also gilded. The title label is metal foil laser printed and recessed into the wood. Housed in a box with a basswood-sided tray, paper lined, the outside covered with book cloth.
process materials held by University of Denver, Penrose Library Special Collections
A Tree Within – 2010
edition of 26
3 x 2.675 x .675