Found Poetry of the Vintage Scrapbook

January 9, 2019

 

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Death presses upon different

          portions       considered

    her people

 

 

 

I may have mentioned that I collect vintage scrapbooks: recipe scrapbooks, collections of clippings from newspapers, crochet/lace patterns and one with the actual lace samples sewn onto blank pages. My scrapbooks are from the late 1800s and early 1900s, most are contained in repurposed books, their creators pasting recipes, articles and pictures, like the one above, over the existing text. This makes for some wild juxtapositions. There are many unintentional collages and a lot of found poetry. This scrapbook, filled entirely with crocheted lace patterns, pictures of finished tatting, and some household tips, has to be my favorite. My poem 'Scrapbook of the Anonymous Lacemaker' which appears in my collection Split the Crow is based on this scrapbook. On one page the 'anonymous lacemaker' pastes newspaper clippings for how to make ice cream and the dangers of unintentional poisoning side by side! The book she repurposes is a report of marriages, births and deaths for Vermont in 1861, so there's a lot of darkness, in the form of diseases and causes of death (drowning, scalding, railroad accidents) lurking behind her cheerily titled lace patterns. The found poetry that results from the juxtaposition seems almost intentional. I performed a little photoshop erasure on some of these, others are in their original state. 

 

 

No. 2

Tatted Collars

 

Aggregate....................................... Male.

 

 

 

Star Doily

 

Inherits the whole property, instead of simply a lifein-

                                                                                      case

                                                                                       rare


 

 

 

the  kindness

     

      of nullity,

 

 

 

 

Antique Lace

 

deaths to the entire male population of the United States

 

 

 

Death

 

        exhibiting the number

              alphabetically), and

dying in each month

 

         will be found a

 

     class of diseases,

                  the ratio which

                         causes, bears

 

 

 

 Cause

 

1. Of The

2. Of The

3. Of The

4. Of The

5. Of The

6. Of The

                 of Locomotion

 

 

 

 

Marks

 

the records of mortality have a

   land for elucidating the

              

                                            interior,

 

                                             the New

                                           conclusions

                                 shall point to

                 longevity.       *           *        *

 

 

 

work of time and

   more and more

 

 

 

 

what imperfect

        little

 

 

 

length of human

 

 

 

 

 

                           the

                     made

 

                     is     source

              adopted

              preserved

 

 

 

            preliminary

 

 

 

                                 of

 

                                     Be-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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