This handmade book contains four poems that I have written about roads, traveling, and the place where the M4 motorway stops. Each book has a cover made from a vintage postcard, cut in two to form the front and back covers. The postcards, all different, were printed by the firm of J. Arthur Dixon (although the printers’ credits are hidden in the fold of the spine). Cheap, gold self-adhesive lettering is used for the book title. The lettering is positioned in the same place on each cover, regardless of whatever lies underneath, rather like Tarmac itself.
These handmade micro-books take you on photographic trails through Amherst, Massachusetts, where the poet Emily Dickinson lived for most of her life, and is buried.
Dylan Thomas’ book takes you through the small coastal town of Laugharne, West Wales, which inspired much of Dylan Thomas’ later work, including Over Sir John’s Hill and Under Milk Wood. He wrote at his desk in the garage of the Boat House overlooking the sea, and is buried in the local churchyard.
Emily Dickinson’s book was my own pilgrimage to visit the house and room where she wrote. I invite you to do the same. Dylan Thomas is my small poetic tribute and invitation to visit his wonderful home.