Poetic Book Structures

Emily Edelman


A book is a mechanism of moving parts designed to deliver a story: a beginning, a winding middle, a close. The books in this series tell a story of mystery and surprise; they beg to be held and then uncovered. Text won’t be found in most of these, but each will offer a tiny adventure and reveal new ways to experience familiar forms. 

The book objects in this series are sewn together or shaped in a nontraditional way: a book with 4 spines, a book whose binding makes a full loop, a book whose ratio is 1:20. Each provides a new kind of book story.

A book is a poem. 

Handmade paper, printed paper, wood, thread, museum board, linen bookbinding tape, elastic bookbinding tape, fabric
Varying dimensions

Featured in POÈME SBJKT, an exhibition of works of literature both on and off the blockchain that enhance, reinvent, and reimagine the relationship between text and image, analog and digital, blurring and challenging the lines that seek to divide.

POÈME SBJKT was curated by theVERSEverse in partnership with L’Avant Galerie Vossen and took place at Librairie Métamorphoses from May 25 – July 15, 2023.

Contact Librairie Métamorphoses for purchasing inquiries.