Farrell, Jen (illus.)

Chicago: Starshaped Press, 2019. 24mo. One of fifty copies. A single folded sheet; folded, the recto provides an synopsis of Farrell's fraught summer of 2018, when her daughter underwent nearly eight weeks of chest radiation treatments to stem the growth of tumors around her lungs. The side effects were devastating, and the following winter was awash with chest pressure, pneumonitis, and the frustration at the inability to book appointments to solve these problems. Unfurled, the full sheet shows a concrete poem in the shape of lungs, a reimagining of Black Star's "Respiration," which brought solace to Farrell in her pain. The original song expressed the difficulty to breathe in an urban environment; Farrell has rewritten it to define literal and metaphorical breathlessness brought on by medical trauma.

A personal and incisive application of Farrell's knack for typography, Respiration is bound in red paper-covered boards with echoes of the interior lung-shapes in black and in blind. Very fine. Prospectus laid in, as well as a sheet of the full rewritten lyrics, with notes. Item #31166

Price: $275.00

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