[Canmore, Alberta, Canada: Dea Fischer, n.d., 2013?]. Unique artist's book, designed around the quote from Aiken, which reads in its entirety: "Down there the tall trees, restlessly/Shake beneath the moon—/Beloved, I walk alone/What ghost is this that walks with me,/Always in darkness walks with me?" Star book," with ten double-page openings forming a star or carousel pattern. Black-and-white photographic images by the artist of tree shadows cast by the full moon, printed on translucent vellum paper, with accompanying text excerpted from Conrad Aiken’s “Variations I. A fine copy. Starbook binding of wooden boards covered in blue speckled cloth with title embossed on front cover, open-stitched spine. 8 5/8 x 7 7/16." Item #16203
Conrad Potter Aiken (1889-1973) was a Georgia-born poet, playwright, essayist, novelist and critic. In 1930 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his Selected Poems. He wrote the widely anthologized short story "Silent Snow, Secret Snow" (1934), and his poem, "Music I Heard" was set to music by Leonard Bernstein and by Henry Cowell. In 1950, he became Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, more commonly known as Poet Laureate of the United States.