Another day and another point of progress in the production of The Book.
I have decided to produce a Special Edition of the poems in the Autumn Trees sequence which is going to be the centrepiece of Flesh Can Be Bright. I will investigate getting an edition produced on fine art paper to give full justice to the artwork which has been produced by three collaborative artists to accompany the versions of the poems in English, Spanish and Catalan. Toni has designed the front cover in eye-popping colour.
Although I wrote the original poems it has taken the participation of three translators, three artists and a designer to produce this Special Edition so, although my name is on the front cover, there are another seven people who have made this Edition a reality.
There is a possibility that our local newspaper and radio station may be involved in the build-up to publication of Flesh Can Be Bright, I am keeping my fingers crossed that something comes of the efforts to publicise the book. There is even a remote possibility that I will be able to give a reading in our local library. The next couple of months promise to be interesting ones!
On a more practical level the number of people who have expressed an interest in reserving a copy of Flesh Can Be Bright – and seem to be prepared to put their money to match their sentiment is growing. In an edition of 100 copies of the book, each person is a whole percentage point of the run! I still have a way to go before the whole edition is taken up! But, two months to go to publication, I am confident that numbers will grow.
During this time of increasing impetus about the publication, my reading about the Renaissance has been somewhat laggard. As indeed has been my poetry writing. The practicalities of publication limit fluent creativity! Or perhaps the nitty-gritty of getting things organized enough to be ready for printing is a sort of creativity in itself!
At the end of this weekend I hope to have something to take to the printers. I live in hope.