Berlin: ”greatest hits”, 2022
210 x 297 mm, 90
ed. 200 copies
This 2022 facsimile bootleg of the 1972 edition, inspired by the 2021 UDP edition of SONNET(S).
Pocket-sized, typeset digitally, and omitting the blank verso pages throughout the book, the 2021 reprint of Carrión´s SONNET(S) by Ugly Duckling Presse reminds one a bit of hellenistic copies of classical Greek sculptures produced in Roman times. They are not very faithful; they are an actualization, a making use and keeping alive, within the economy of means of their own times. It was mainly Hellenistic copies of classical sculptures that helped to launch an appreciation of antiquity. Other than the sculptures of Lysipp, which have survived only as Roman copies, some physical copies of Carrión´s several books as they were originally published have survived, and the reprint in the Lost Literature Series at Ugly Duckling Presse will motivate readers to engage in excavation. The reprint is a great lesson in reading, anyway.
Detourning Rilke here, the imperative goes “Du musst dein Lesen ändern.” Or, in other words, as Carrión already knew, The New Art of Making Books implies a new art of reading books.