SONG OF THE ANDOUMBOULOU: 18–20
Santa Cruz: Moving Parts Press, 1994. Textured paper wraps with a pastedown on the front panel. 24 pages. Limited to 150 copies, inscribed by the author to book artist Sam Amico of the Middle Earth Press. Near fine.
Published in association with the University of California, Santa Cruz, Song of the Andoumboulou: 18–20 is a fine press artists’ book forged from the poetry of Nathaniel Mackey and the sculpture of Doyle Foreman. The poems comprise three installments from Mackey’s ongoing serial work, “Song of the Andoumboulou,” whose title is drawn from ritual music of the Dogon in Mali. Mackey’s poems project African and Iberian ceremonial figures and jazz iconography onto a rhythmic understructure, creating a vehicle that journeys through elemental landscapes reminiscent of Foreman’s bas-relief compositions. This movement is reflected in the book where the poems are typeset to dance down each page, suggesting multiple readings. The only copy for sale anywhere.