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Spring Swan

By Dirk Hagner
San Juan Capistrano, California: Inkswine Press. Edition of 14.

Displayed the book measures 10 x 14 x 6.5 inches (25.4 x 35.5 x 16.5 cm), when closed 14 x 7 x 0.3 inches (35.5 x 18 x 0.75 cm). Screen printed. Numbered. Signed with Hagner stamp. Laid in flat case.

Dirk Hagner: "This book is using a fold-up that is found commonly used in a wine case and which serves as a bottle separator. The book covers are foldable so that they become the display stand of the book. Five interlocking cut shapes become a dimensional display, made from duplex board, each panel carrying a line from Charles Bukowski's poem 'Spring Swan'."

swans die in the Spring too
and there it floated …
and I heard the people coming
with their picnic bags
and laughter,
and I felt guilty
for the swan
as if death
were a thing of shame
and like a fool
I walked away
and left them
my beautiful swan.

Spring Swan

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