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Jack's Birthday Book

It's that time of year again when I choose a recent poem of Jack's and work it up into something special for his birthday. This year I selected a beautiful poem, ostensibly a tribute to the late actor Alan Rickman, but really a poem about Jack's late sister Anne:

Rather a shock i.m. Alan Rickman (1947-2016)

to think it’s been 25 years since Truly Madly Deeply 1991
my sister died or rather killed herself
so hungry ghosts seemed documentary realism to me
living by Lake Pupuke with its gigantic eels and those students next door
who had to pump up the stereo to psych themselves into going out
every evening 1991 an unhappy time
as Rickman said roles win Oscars actors don’t
that swing inscribed for Alice who used to play here that makes the other parents
hold onto their kids so tight as if death were another infection
they might pick up

I created a three layer tunnel book using silhouettes of images cut from old issues of Frankie Magazine. I like the way that the silhouettes speak of loss, absence and me…

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