BREAD AND WATER by Alison Knowles
Left Hand Books, 1995, First edition, 70 pp., 5" X 10 3/4", Softcover
While baking bread, Knowles became fascinated by the cracks, bumps and depressions in the bread's surface and began photocopying the loaves. Studying them she noticed that the patterns resembled waterways - rivers and lakes. She collected maps and began finding river systems that matched the patterns in her bread. These created templates to edit words and phrases - a cut-up poetry of sorts - from literary and naturalist sources.
Annual high density valuables travel the motor road
Sediments clearly express the rapids of white water
Weathered diversity enhanced by micronutrients
Narrows or Pongos no less missionary the little steamer
Lewis and brother-in-law to Matthew slave and wealth the rubber
Backwater latex trade expands three million miles
The book features reproductions of the prints she made of the bread, alongside the resulting poems.