Tom Raworth & Harry Hoogstraten – Da Charly

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Tom Raworth & Harry Hoogstraten – Da Charly

 
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.

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