The Second Coming (Again)…[with] Paintings by Jodee Fenton.
[ Aubergine Atelier ]. Yeats, William Butler.

Seattle: Aubergine Atelier, Printed at the Windowpane Press, 2019. One of 30 copies designed by Jodee Fenton at Aubergine Atelier and printed by Bonnie Thompson Norman at the Windowpane Press. Each copy of the present book includes a unique set of fourteen paintings. 36 ff., plus 14 Japanese kozo paper leaves painted on both sides by Jodee Fenton in gouache, tempera, watercolor, and polyacrylic varnish. Additional painted kozo paper cutouts used as accents throughout. Free endpapers are Zerkall Nideggen and pastedowns are painted kozo. A fine copy, as new, housed in the light blue cloth clamshell case and with the prospectus laid in. Navy goatskin over handmade recycled paper boards. Reddish-orange painted top edge. Orange and light blue handwoven silk headbands at head and tail of textblock. 8 inches by 5 inches. (Item ID: 16731)


The Second Coming (Again) features the text of Yeats’ poem “The Second Coming” with edited enjambment, new stanza breaks, and abstract paintings that encourage a new perspective on the classic poem. In the artist’s statement included in the prospectus, Fenton writes: “‘The Second Coming’ references political and economic threats of the early 20th century which were dominating the cultural, political, and social news of the time. These threats (nativism, anarchy, nationalism, and worse) were compounded by the brutality of the Great War. This poem explores these complex events and emotions and seems very relevant to what we face in the early 21st century.”

Jodee Fenton is a painter, a bookbinder, and a former president of the Book Club of Washington. She is a member of the Guild of Bookworkers, the Puget Sound Book Artists Association, and the Book Arts Guild. Fenton has pursued painting and bookmaking full-time since her recent retirement from her position as the managing librarian for special collections at the Seattle Public Library.

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