A letterpress chapbook, published by Flat Bay Press in collaboration with Stone Island Press. Hand-printed and bound in the Book Arts Studio at the University of Maine at Machias in the fall of 2010, in an edition of 100. Frontispiece from a painting by Susan Hammond.


"A distinctive voice, a fresh image-life, and something happens."

                 -- Marion Stocking, founding editor of the Beloit Poetry Journal.


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Work at Hand Chapbook

Considering narcotics or a cliff
to jump from to escape life’s spasms,


No quick flashes, the minnows’
field of darts, only the clarified
form––a large fish, its cool shield
unhurried and slick as shadow,


      for my father

A golden feather
sanded smooth, a slenderness
in small print.

In the brain’s geography,
your absence is a distant place  ––
like the mountains we walked in

the day grandmother’s straw hat
blew off into the valley
and I cried.


Leonore Hildebrandt writes with rich language in a mode that intrigues. Her poetry resembles the painting by Susan Hammond that is tipped in on the front flyleaf of this exquisitely designed chapbook: abstract, light-streaked, hinting at parallel worlds. Hammond's brushstrokes activate a canvas while Hildebrandt's lines, arranged in finely-wrought stanzas, lend energy to the page. Order supports imagination.