Pages Reign

The bombing of the booksellers on Al Mutanabbi Street in Iraq really touched me. As a book seller and book maker I had a hard time reconciling such an atrocious event with my own complacency about our too-easy-to-take-for-granted freedoms of commerce, thoughts and ideas. I thought about the words “pages reign” as a symbol for that freedom and the importance of books. How can it be that bombs can so easily turn those words to “pages rain.” The images in my mind of book pages raining down after the bombs blare make me hope and pray that some day the people of Iraq will see “pages reign” again. This book was created for the Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Street Coalition artist book project.

The text featured in this book is a poem I wrote that reads:

Pages Reign by Laura RussellWhen pages reign,
freedom reigns.

When pages reign,
thought reigns.

When pages reign,
ideas reign.

When pages reign,
words spread,
freedoms rise.

Pages Reign by Laura RussellWhen pages rain
bombs blare,
children fear.

When pages rain,
freedom dies,
words collide.
 

When pages rise again,
hearts rise,
freedoms rise.

When pages rise again,
thoughts rise, words rise.

Pages reign.
Pages rise.

Pages reign.
Pages rise.


Pages Reign
Limited Edition Artist Book
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Miniature accordion book with case-style cover. Acrylic paint and collage using an Arabic calligraphy book as background imagery. 2.75 x 3 x 1.5 inches. 2013.


 

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