Jen Bervin, Concordance Omission, 2024 / Publication
Jen Bervin: Concordance Omission
Granary Books

Poet and visual artist Jen Bervin writes: “A concordance indexes the words a major author has used in her work over the course of her lifetime. Each word is listed alphabetically and chronologically, indexed, and cited in order of frequency. In this artist book, I respond to the omission of the word ‘no’ in The Concordance to the Poems of Emily Dickinson, edited by S.P. Rosenbaum (Cornell University, 1964). Dickinson used the ‘nonsignificant’ word ‘no’ 395 times. ‘Yes’ which was included? Four. What is significant to a poet writing to further ‘no?'”

The edition was fabricated by Becca Flores-Vitti, Jen Bervin, and ECS Conservation. The colophon mentions special thanks to Ansley Joe, Catherine McRae, Edric Mesmer, Kendra Paitz, and Lisa Lofgren; per Bervin, the book is “dedicated to Dickinson scholars past, present, and future, and to the punchers and verifiers that built our social safety net.”

The book was digitally printed on Red River Aurora Art Natural paper using an Epson 3880. The eight-page “no” concordance text is accordion-bound with Filmoplast SH and yvek tape, and accompanied by a four-page essay folio. An IBM punchcard cut with a Cricut Maker 3, typed with an IBM Wheelwriter 35 by Lexmark, serves as the colophon. There is a “spine poem for cataloguers” printed along the spine of the phase box.

17 1/4 x 11 1/4 x 1 3/4 inches
Phase box with stamped spine, magnetic closure, and interior label with edition number.

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