BORDERBUS.; Images by Felicia Rice. Series Literatura Chicana / Latina

Santa Cruz, California: Moving Parts Press, 2019. 2 accordion style volumes tipped-in each side of boards, each with separate front covers; on left side of boards: (29) cardboard pages with color plates bound accordion style tipped-in in boards; on right side of inner cover: (4) pages with b/w illus., sig., bound accordion style tipped-in in boards, plus one USB device inserted in central cut-out hole with brown silk ribbon to help pull out, plus 1 sheet of rice paper, loose as issued, used for protection. Pages printed on one side only, issued in rigid slipcase. “Forty-two copies designed in Garamond, Meridien, and Ultra types from photopolymer plates on Rives BFK tan paper by Felicia Rice. Images created by Rice and printed from photopolymer plates made by Rice and Jonathan Clark of The Artichoke Press. Letterpress and relief printing by Rice using a Vanderook proof press at Moving Parts Press. Binding by Craig Jensen of BookLab II."--Colophon. Item #111746

SIGNED, NUMBERED AND LIMITED EDITION OF 42. BORDERBUS is a rendering of one long poem by Juan Felipe Herrera. The poem takes place on a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bus. Two women have been detained while trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, and are being transported to a detention center. They speak in English and Spanish, whispering to avoid the attention of the guard. The text is embedded in prints by the artist/publisher and interpreted in audio recordings of the poem. Author Juan Felipe Herrera is a poet, performer, writer, cartoonist, teacher, and activist whose experiences as the child of migrant farmers have strongly shaped his work. In 2011, Herrera was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Herrera was the 21st United States Poet Laureate from 2015 to 2017, the nation’s first Chicano poet laureate. In the mid-1970’s he was the director of the Centro Cultural de la Raza in San Diego, an occupied water tank in Balboa Park that had been converted into an arts space for the Chicano community. Herrera’s publications include thirty collections of poetry, prose, short stories, young adult novels and picture books for children. The poem “Borderbus” first appeared in “Notes on the Assemblage” in 2015 from City Lights Books. This deluxe edition comprises prints and a case designed by book and performance artist, typographer and letterpress printer, printmaker, publisher, and educator Felicia Rice and built by Gary Combs. Rice’s relief prints layer saturated color fields, fingerprints, photographs, drawings, type, and reflective surfaces in a polychromatic sequence of eight page spreads. The silver ropes of type present the whispered conversation between the two women on the bus. Rice’s sketches of the women’s faces are drawn from videos documenting the journey from Central America to the United States, Maria en Tierra de Nadie by Marcela Zamora and De Nadie by Tin Dirdamal. The case is mounted on a base etched with the final lines of the poem, “We are everything hermana / because we come from everything.” This treatment presents the book as an enduring marker of the many who have made "el viaje", the journey from the south to the U.S.-Mexico border. A USB drive included with the book contains two audio versions of the poem “Borderbus.” The first is a moving reading of the poem in two voices, by Marisol Baca and Gabriela D. Encinas, directed by Juan Felipe Herrera and recorded by Curtis Messer. The second is a recording of Herrera reading the poem. "BORDERBUS is the sixth in Moving Parts Press series, Literatura Chicana / Latina began in 1991." --Last page.

Price: $2,500.00

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