cover image The Lake

The Lake

Lyn Hejinian. Granary Books, $19.95 (24pp) ISBN 978-1-887123-46-4

After publishing the magnificent, limited edition The Traveler and the Hill, and the Hill in 1998, Granary Books is issuing the latest collaboration between poet Lyn Hejinian (who recently was awarded the $35,000 Merrill Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets) and artist Emilie Clark. A ""real-time"" collaboration undertaken during a stay on Lake Wentworth in New Hampshire, the book ""is guesswork, abduction// Wherever there is/ trivia there is// vicissitude and issue/ of emotion."" Beautifully printed on thick cardstock, each of these 24 serial watercolor-collage-text pieces is backed by a graded, monochromatic study suggesting the myriad ""layers"" of the ecosystem into which they had inserted themselves: ""If there can be separation/ Sporadically/ A site of shared detonation."" (May 1)