Friday, January 14, 2011

Aimless Reading: The M's, Part 13 (Douglas Manson)

Roofing and Siding
Originally uploaded by Michael_Kelleher
Manson, Douglas
Roofing and Siding

Given to me by the author in October of 2007, according to the inscription.

The inscription begins with two hand-drawn leaves descending from the word 'Siding' on the title page, almost like gigantic quatation marks around the word, and between them floats, in handwritten black text, the word, 'POEMS.' Below the first letter of the printed name of the author another drawing, this one of something resembling a house or perhaps a kind of hut, houses the first part of the inscription:


This copy
For Michael

Two wavy lines that might or might not be extensions of the two 'l's in 'Kelleher' seem to form a kind of tributary becoming a closed body of water, like a lake, or it could be a fish or an eel, maybe even a whale! Inside of the figure is inscribed:

i don't like laundromats
-in friendship-poker-ipods-poetry
+with love

Douglas Manson

Just below the author's curvaceous signature the inscription closes with the following text, which is surrounded by a series of four black dots and a line that seem to form a box of some kind, the left side of which resembles something like a face.

cant' talk football

from Roofing and Siding

The Artist to HIs Art

How much larger it seemed when I was not anywhere near it.

Unclear, though, what it was.

Maybe a building lit from within

seen from the lower lip of a saddleback

looming like an orange moon on the horizon

bending the light around to lift it up.

It shrinks and shrinks on every gradual approach

and is almost a child's toy.

for Mrs. L.M. Elkins

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