Artists : Tom Raworth & Harry Hoogstraten
Publisher : Counter Culture Chronicles
Year : 2019
Size : 102 x 175 x 5 mm
Pages : 22, risographed on 250 grs paper
Binding : white pamphlet stitch
Facsimile of unique artists’ book, 1984-85
Risographed by Stencilwerck, The Hague
Limited and numbered edition of 50
Postage & packing not included
Between October 1984 and May 1985 English poet Tom Raworth and Dutch poet Harry Hoogstraten joined forces to produce a unique artists’ book. This lovely oblong book of anagrams by Raworth and b/w photos by Hoogstraten has now been lifted from Hoogstraten’s archives and published as a limited facsimile edition by Counter Culture Chronicles. Raworth’s anagrams of seemingly random words are ingenious and form subtle captions to Hoogstraten’s casual b/w photos taken in various parts of the world. Chance as an underlying formative principle has been put to maximum use in this combination of words and images, which always feels natural and loose but also manages to transcend literal meaning. Counter Culture Chronicles and Stencilwerck from The Hague have gone to great lengths to reproduce this little book. The text pages have been risographed and prints of Hoogstraten’s negatives have been glued by hand on the opposite pages. Even the somewhat ramshackle way in which the original book was put together and bound has been painstakingly copied. The result is pure poetry and sheer delight.
Together with poets such as Bob Cobbing, Peter Finch and Jeff Nuttall, Tom Raworth (1938-2017)was one of the spearheads of the British Poetry Revival, who held more international and modernist views of poetry than their British contemporaries of The Movement (Kingsley Amis, Philip Larkin et al). Raworth ran the renowned Goliard Press together with Barry Hall and, through his activities as a publisher and editor, established a connection between modern approaches of poetry on both sides of the Atlantic in the 1960s. Raworth’s own poetry was published in more than 40 books and saw translations in many languages. The irrepressible poet and artist Harry Hoogstraten was born and raised in Amsterdam in 1941. In the 1960s and 1970s Hoogstraten travelled extensively in Japan, the US and Europe and befriended fellow-travellers such as artist Daan van Golden, poet Franco Beltrametti and jazz saxophonist Steve Lacy. Hoogstraten co-organised the One World Poetry festivals in Amsterdam and formed a connection for visiting poets, whom he photographed extensively. Hoogstraten is Holland’s best kept secret.