Hull Cove, Maine: The Dog Ear Press, 1982. First edition. Softcover 4to in white wrappers with red endpapers. Printed in black throughout. Laid inside glossy pictorial dust jacket printed in black. Unpaginated. Signed and dated by the artist.
Artists’ book by Bern Porter featuring a comprehensive collection of found poems consisting of appropriated advertisements, scientific charts, product diagrams, articles, images, and drawings. This book with a narrative on everything that is actionable. Published ten years after Porter’s artists’ book ‘Found Poems’ issued by Dick Higgins at Something Else Press with a few overlapping founds between these two tomes. Signed and dated ‘Bern Porter, 8.28.90 Belfast’ on title page.
The second in a planned seven-part series consisting of ‘Found Poems,’ ‘The Book of Do’s,’ ‘Here Comes Everybody’s Don’t Book,’ ‘Sweet End,’ ‘The Book of Light,’ ‘The Devil’s Wishbone,’ and ‘The Porter Book,’ with the last three remaining unpublished.
Select founds from this book also appear in a new Bern Porter book titled ‘Now It Can Be—Why Did It Fail Before?’ published by The Idea of the Book fall of 2023.
Trace amounts of rubbing to dust jacket. Fine. Item #1053